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Prof. Sabel

Prof. Sabel

Optic Nerve Damage Can Be Treated

The gradual or sudden loss of sight is a drastic change. Whether caused by an eye disease or an accident, people who lose all or part of their sight are faced with serious changes in their everyday lives. We at the Savir Center in Magdeburg, as specialists in visual impairment, are geared to the special needs of people with impaired vision caused by damage to the optic nerve. Holistic treatment means that the patient with optic nerve damage is treated individually with his or her entire living environment. Thus, psychosocial findings and medical concepts with the aim of visual restitution are integrated into the healing process. This is not only aimed at improving or restoring visual performance, but also includes psychological support, nutritional advice, eye training and relevant advice for a changed lifestyle.

When Is Visual Restoration for Optic Nerve Damage Appropriate?

Visual restoration may be considered if the optic nerve is not completely, but only partially, damaged. The treatment principle aims to stimulate the still functioning areas in such a way that vision improves. Visual restoration is particularly advised in cases of illness or accident involving damage to the retina, the optic nerve or the areas of the brain responsible for vision. The aim is therefore not a complete cure, but rather the activation of residual vision to help patients to improve their visual performance and to enable them to organize their daily lives independently. The Savir Center uses the most advanced, medically recognized procedures that work with electrostimulation. Patients with loss of vision after a stroke, with brain trauma, various diseases affecting the optic nerve or retina, for example as a result of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration, and amblyopia are eligible for treatment.

For Optic Nerve Damage: What Is the Aim of Visual Restoration at the Savir Center?

Visual restoration with weak alternating current is a minimally invasive form of treatment with the aim of stimulating brain functions. A complete recovery of vision is not expected. The main aim is to train the connection between the eye and the areas in the brain which are responsible for vision, in a similar way to muscle building and to reactivate the partially damaged areas by means of electrostimulation.

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