Vision restoration techniques can’t help with every kind of vision loss. They do not work with problems of the front parts of the eye, such as the cornea or lens. Nor can they help with certain eye movement disorders like double vision.
In the majority of cases, though, vision restoration training or noninvasive electric current stimulation can help with the following ailments:
- Optic neuropathy
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Vision loss after stroke or brain trauma
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- Unspecific or unexplained vision loss
- Cortical blindness or cortical visual impairment, which involves the lack of vision due to brain problems, often related to the visual cortex
But these treatments should always be part of a comprehensive plan that includes other aspects as well, such as regular eye care, a healthy lifestyle, appropriate coping strategies, psychological well-being and, most of all, stress reduction. The person behind the eye needs to be looked at as a whole, and not as someone asking too many questions.
Ongoing and long-term mental stress is especially bad for your vision. The key is to talk with your eye doctor to nail down the cause of your problem and then consider all options available.
Glasses may correct the refractive errors of the eye that give you images out of focus. Many other problems, such as emotional stress and bacterial infections, can trigger weak eye muscles. You and your eye doctor together can weigh how much you can do on your own versus whether you require treatment. But keep in mind that your doctor has to attend to many patients and does not always have enough time to consider all the options that are available and discuss them with every single person.
We always recommend to patients: dare to become an expert in your disease; become your doctor´s medical assistant. This will increase your chances of making the right decisions. Not only will you better understand your doctor, but you will also ask smarter questions.
But beware not to become overconfident, thinking you can solve all issues on your own with no more need to see a doctor. That will backfire. Whatever your choice will be, collect the facts first, giving greater weight to options that are scientifically validated, and then discuss them with your doctor. If you can manage to get a surprised response from your doctor like, “Oh, I did not know that!”, then you are on the right track, and in the right hands. If your doctor reacts rather insulted when you bring new information and you feel pressured, seek help elsewhere.