Alternating current stimulation is a non-invasive (externally applied) method to stimulate brain functions. This method is used in patients that suffer from brain lesions due to stroke and brain trauma or have optic nerve or retina diseases, such as optic nerve damage, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic neuropathy, and amblyopia. The current pulses which is delivered to the brain by stimulation can improve brain synchronization. This means, the nerve cells in the brain work better together again and blood circulation is optimized. The brain works like an amplifier that analyses and interprets the residual visual signals. As a result, the improved synchronization can lead to a better amplification of the so-called “residual vision”
The different areas of brain communicate with each other by sending tiny electrical impulses (so-called “action potentials”). When two brain areas often communicate with each other, their connection gets stronger. If, on the other hand, this is rarely the case, the connection becomes weaker, in the long run, it might get lost. This principle of “use it or lose it” applies to any type of impirement, regardless of where it occurs: in the retina, in the optic nerve or deep inside the brain.
Just like muscle training increases muscle strength, the connection between the eye and brain areas that process vision (such as the visual cortex) can also be strengthened through frequent use. Whereas vision training uses small light stimuli to activate tiny regions of the retina, alternating current stimulation uses a stimulation device to emit electrical impulses and conduct them through various electrodes located near the eyes. These electrical impulses make nerve fibers and neuronal networks fire more often, and as a result increases the connectivity of the “data highway” between the eye and brain. Especially when all cells fire at the same time in a synchronized manner, which our alternating current triggers, the connection is permanently strengthened. Consequently, those areas of the brain that were less sensitive to the incoming electrical stimuli due to partial blindness, react more strongly after electrostimulation. These areas start responding more easily to the natural electrical signals sent from the retina in the eye to the brain.
In partially blind patients, the brain cannot properly process visual information or receives too little information from the eye. This leads to so-called “visual field defects”. During treatment, the sensitivity of these partially damaged areas is increased and the remaining brain cells become more active again. This increases the visual field and shortens reaction times.
Vision is not possible without input from the retina. However, it is the activity of brain cortical networks, which analyses information arriving from the retina, and enables the conscious experience of being able to see. Our microcurrent therapy targets precisely these networks in the brain and alters the connections between different brain areas. It is these changes that improve your vision again.
The Savir Center offers treatment for patients with visual dysfunctions caused by damage of the central nervous system, that is, retina, optic nerve and brain. Treatable diseases are:
- “Cortical blindness” (loss of vision without morphological evidence of damage)
- Dry macular degeneration
- Visual cognition impairments (even if there is no detectable visual field loss)
- Optic nerve damage (irrespective of cause)
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Unspecific and unexplainable vision loss
- Stroke with vision loss
- Amblyopia (weak sightedness)
Diseases Not Treatable:
- Problems with the eye´s optics or refraction (cornea/ lens/ cataracts)
- Wet Macular Degeneration (AMD)
We do not offer LASIK
For a long time, it was thought that vision loss after damage to the retina, optic nerve or brain, such as stroke, glaucoma or other causes, is irreversible. It was therefore assumed that the visual impairment of everyday activities such as reading and driving as well as spatial orientation could not be improved.
However, several new studies suggest that the treatment of affected patients with non-invasive, repeated, transorbital electrostimulation with weak microcurrent … for 10 days (30-45 minutes daily) significantly reduces visual impairment and significantly improves visual quality of life. These studies by Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sabel and his team, treatment with microcurrent resulted in an average restoration of the lost visual field of up to 60%. In contrast to a control group of patients who were not treated, those treated with ACS showed a significant visual field improvement. Patients also reported that their “general vision” had improved.
Clinical studies allows us to estimate the degree of improvement following ACS treatement The following are average values for one course of treatment for 10 days:
- 25% larger visual field size
- 60% better vision in impaired visual field sector
- 80% of patients report subjective improvements
But 20% to 30% of the patients show no changes
Note„Average“ values do not indicate, what kind of improvement an individual patient can expect, because the calculation of an average includes the values of patients that do not improve, those that improve below average, and those that improve above or far above average. Therefore, please note that the improvement may vary dramatically between individual patients. Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict for individual patients how much improvement to expect.
There are no severe, adverse, side effects. Rare side effects that occurred after or during the treatment may be:
- mild headaches
- Sleep disorders after the first treatments
- Slight dizziness
- Temporary fluctuations of blood pressure
When asking your doctor about vision restoration he or she may likely not have heard about it. Non-invasive altering current stimulation is a very new therapy method developed and researched by the Savir team for over 10 years.
Clinical proof that it works was only published in the last few years so it is not surprising that it is not well known to every doctor.
This is what our patient Joe Lovett heard from his eye doctor when inquiring about vision restoration: “you are wasting your time and money. Forget it!” But Joe decided to go anyway because he felt that as an educated risk-taker he would give it a try. Now, after seeing his visual improvements, his doctor has sent more patients.
Please contact us. We will gladly inform you about the cost of treatment.
The Savir therapy takes two weeks. Patients visit the Savircenter every day (except Saturday and Sunday) for treatment and sometimes exercises. On these days you have enough time to experience Magdeburg. Monday on the first week and Wednesday as well as Thursday of the second week diagnostic tests and interviews will be conducted. For these you will be in the clinic for 3-5h.
You need to take the following into account, when considering the therapy:
- There are no risks or side effects
- It is scientifically proven, that there is a great chance, that your vision and your quality of life improves significantly. Patients report for example, that they can read better, they avoid collisions, they can reengage in their hobbies, they have more trust in their own mobility and can see better overall, their vision is less blurry or they are less bothered by glare and blinding lights.
- Approximately 70 percent of our patients had improved visual field and reported subjective improvements.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee, that vision improves in every patient. The probability is high, but there is no guarantee (which is the case for most medical procedures).
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