VISION LOSS AFTER BRAIN OR EYE INJURY

    Traumatic injury – of varying degrees of severity – can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss that only reverses itself in about one-third of the known cases.  Today, for a number of reasons, treatment of any resulting blindness or severe visual impairment due to a traumatic injury is usually secondary to treatment of the immediate trauma.

    In addition, the jury is still out as to the optimal way to treat optic nerve damage (or traumatic optic neuropathy) immediately following an injury – corticosteroid treatment, decompression of the optic nerve and doing nothing are each present-day considerations when deciding how best to enable vision recovery.

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    Vision loss from traumatic optic nerve damage results from an injury of the focal central nervous system, and as such we must look beyond the local damage to restore it. For successful outcomes, we should consider broader treatment strategies that focus on the brain areas responsible for developing plasticity. In this way, we can encourage the development of new connections that can compensate for vision loss.

    Today, the optimal treatment for optic nerve injury is complex, inconsistent and disputed. The good news? We’re learning more each day, and new technologies do exist that will help patients recover their vision, even many years post-traumatic injury.

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    Visual Symptoms Caused by Traumatic Injury

    The symptoms associated with traumatic optic neuropathy are varied and include

    Decreased visual acuity
    (Blurry vision)

    Missing central or side vision 
    (Blindspots/ holes in your vision)
    Foggy hazy vision
    (Difficulty distinguishing contrast)
    Dimming of vision
    (Difficulty seeing in the dark)

    Vision improvement is possible. We can help.

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    Fedorov Restoration Therapy  has been proven to help recover lost vision even long after the initial traumatic injury. Our therapy is a relatively new technology developed in the 1990s and used clinically since 1993. It is a non-invasive and non-surgical way to naturally restore visual function, accomplished by applying weak electrical currents to areas around the eye.

    We have been using Fedorov Restoration Therapy since 1993  to help recover vision-loss from traumatic brain or eye injury.

    Treatment Benefits

    Severe impaired vision (partial blindness of the eye) caused by traumatic optic neuropathy has been shown to improve with two weeks of Fedorov Restoration Therapy. Our experience shows that the effects of our treatment are stable over time, and in many cases, repeat courses of treatment can lead to a more significant improvement in sight.

    FAQ

    How does Fedorov Restoration Therapy work?
    Fedorov Therapy is based on a relatively new technology developed in the 1990s and used clinically since 1991. Repeated transorbital alternating current stimulation (rtACS) doesn’t require an operation or the implantation of electrodes in the eye. Fedorov Therapy isn’t aimed at the replacement of damaged cells, but instead is focused on increasing the usefulness of preserved neurons on the retina and on the improvement of conductivity along the optic nerve. Research has shown that, if such stimulation is performed over a period of several weeks, there’s significant activation of the visual system at all levels and throughout the brain. This new, functional state of the visual system is referred to as “induced plasticity.” Such plasticity is strongly needed to restore sight when there’s deterioration as a result of optic-nerve damage.
    Has the effectiveness of Fedorov Restoration Therapy been clinically proven?
    This technology was proven in large, multi-center trials conducted at clinical centers like Charite in Berlin and other major universities in Germany. These trials were designed as randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled evidence class Ib studies.
    How safe is Fedorov Therapy?

    The safety of this therapy was confirmed in clinical trials conducted in Germany in 2007 to 2013, and in a large group of patients treated in Russia in 1991 to 2004.

    Side effects from electrical stimulation may result when a patient has contraindications. If such contraindications are excluded, there is no risk of adverse effects on vision or any other functions. Some undesired effects such as tiredness, weakness, a short-lived headache and sleep disturbances have been observed, but do not require treatment.
    I have advanced optic-nerve damage. Is there any chance my vision will improve with therapy?

    The expected results of Fedorov Restoration Therapy depend on many individual factors. Advanced optic-nerve damage requires several courses of therapy in combination with visual training to produce improvement. More than half of our patients have advanced damage, and, with our collective experience, we’ve been able to help them. Severe optic-nerve damage limits the possibility of significant improvement, but doesn’t exclude it. After your request, we’ll provide you with the list of medical records that we need to review your case.

    When can I expect to see a positive change to my vision?

    Initial positive changes can be observed during the first 10 sessions of Fedorov Therapy. With repeated visual-field tests, the degree of change can be estimated after two weeks. In most cases, you should see a stable improvement within four to eight weeks after the treatment. In the case of progressive vision deterioration (e.g., glaucoma), Fedorov Therapy is able to significantly slow down the progression of the condition or even stop it.

    The resulting improvement is typically stable. Follow-up results one year after treatment have shown 80% to 85% stable improvement. Instability can take place if there are factors that affect vision negatively, like elevated eye pressure for glaucoma patients.

     

    What can I expect my treatment to include?
    1. Before treatment begins, we have a comprehensive discussion with you about your options, and we perform a vision exam. Once we have the test results and understand the condition of your eyesight, we’ll provide you with a treatment plan. The possible results of the Fedorov Therapy are discussed with you at that time.
    2. Treatment sessions are performed over a two week period, from Monday to Friday. Each session’s duration is 60-90 minutes.
    3. Once your course of therapy is complete, you’re thoroughly examined and your results are discussed.
    4. We provide you with a Findings Report that includes the results of your ophthalmological exam. We also develop a Personalized Care Plan with possible strategies for the upcoming months, and customized for your specific needs.
    How do you assess whether Fedorov Restoration Therapy will help improve my vision?

    Our evaluation about the suitability of our medical services for you is free of charge.

    To determine if Fedorov Therapy will benefit you, we need to review your relevant medical records. Before doing so, however, we need to first rule out possible contraindications to our therapy. For that, a checklist must be completed; only after we review the information in your checklist, and confirm there are no contraindications, will we start a thorough review of your medical records. 

    Usually, our review of your medical condition is processed within two to three working days. At the very least, we’ll want to assess the following:  (a) ophthalmological reports with detailed results of eyesight evaluation; (b) visual field charts. In cases of extremely low vision, this may not be available; (c) other relevant records and test results such as optic nerve and retina OCT, brain MRI, or CT reports; (d) a narrative of the history of the vision problem written by you.

    If you don’t have copies of your history, we’ll ask you to obtain copies of your medical files from your healthcare provider. Our referral form will be provided on demand.

    If you aren’t able to send us the required package of medical information, but you feel that you are a candidate for Fedorov Therapy, we can still help. We will help to collect the required evaluations, ophthalmological tests and exams to determine if our treatment is right for you. You will be charged for that service.

    We have found that our services are not typically covered by insurance. We suggest that patients should be prepared for the out-of-pocket expense for the treatment. We can provide upon your request the cost of our services, testing and therapies.

    Does Fedorov Restoration Therapy improve quality of life?
    The improvement of quality of life is our main goal. We reach this through a combination of different medical approaches, such as Fedorov Therapy, visual training, and medications. Once the vision restoration treatment starts, many of our patients have a positive response. Keep in mind that increased quality of life can be achieved only if the patient follows our prescribed recommendations. If you entrust your treatment to us, a Personalized Care Plan will be provided; following our tested guidelines can increase your chances of significant vision restoration.

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