Holistic vision therapy means that all the important factors for optimal treatment of patients are taken into account to enable the best practices of conventional medicine. Savir therapy is based on a well-balanced AGB triad and the optimal use of brain mechanisms of neuronal processing. The selection of procedures is evidence-based (i.e. scientifically proven) and/or can be explained by plausible and reasonable scientific arguments. Since there are several mechanisms of activity that cause the disease, savir-therapy combines several modules, to maximally activate the residual vision and psychological resources of each individual patient.
Transorbital Alternating Current Stimulation
The core of Savir therapy is the daily treatment with alternating current. The electrodes placed on the forehead send the current pulses to the eyes and brain. The alternating current impulses as “brain pacemakers” stimulate all nerve cells of the retina and make them work simultaneously. The treatment requires neither medication nor surgery, and it is painless. The treatment is performed daily for 30 to 50 minutes for ten days. All patients need to do is sit down on a comfortable chair with their eyes closed.
With the help of a band, two electrodes are held on the forehead, delivering very weak current pulses. This forces the nerve cells in the retina to fire (work) at rhythmic intervals, as a result, the patient sees a weak, pulsating light. These light perceptions, so-called phosphenes, indicate that the nerve cells are sufficiently stimulated. The side effects are minimal (slight tingling during treatment, rarely temporary headaches). This firing of nerve impulses in the direction of the brain leads to improved blood circulation due to the cardiovascular coupling, which not only helps the nerve cells but also the “mute” cells in the surrounding area.
Scientific studies and our clinical experience have shown that more than 70 percent of patients notice improvements in their visual performance, even subjectively. The degree of improvement is, on statistical average, 24 percent if the entire visual field is considered and 60 percent if only the damaged area is evaluated. These improvements are usually stable for six to twelve months. For some patients, the improvement may last for years (often depending on how continuously the patient continues the learned exercises at home).
Depending on the type of visual impairment, certain exercise programs are suggested for home use, such as “pirate training” (covering the better eye with an eye patch) and eccentric attention training, a visual training that can be practiced at home while watching television. Depending on the type of vision impairment, we also refer to other vision training offers on the market such as visual restitution training and, in rare cases, compensation training.
Continuous stress is a known risk factor for the development of visual loss. Patients learn relaxation techniques to reduce stress (meditation, autogenic training, progressive muscle relaxation, etc.) as part of savir-vision therapy, because relaxation is extremely important to counteract the toxic effects of the blood vessel-damaging stress hormones (cortisol, endothelin), which can lead to vascular dysregulation. It can also reduce worry, anxiety and tension.
In addition to alternating current therapy and other therapy modules, psychological counselling is another focus of the Savir therapy. Dealing with the disease, the life perspective as a person with visual impairment, the role of family members, and the stresses of the family members are discussed. The goal is also to reduce mental stress, as this plays an important role in the development and progression of the visual impairment.
Thereby we convey the Savir-philosophy to our patients: “Do not focus on what you have already lost, but what you still have!“