I’m Charlie Foster. I’m 19 years old and live in Chester, England. I’m writing this a year to the day I lost sight in my left eye, which was Feb. 17, 2016. I’m a boxer and, while preparing for a competition, I was sparring and took a blow to my left eye. There was no pain, no swelling or bruising, just instant darkness. I attended numerous hospitals, had many tests done, but nobody could help. My dreams of boxing as a professional were gone. It affected my work initially, as I’m a plumber, but my main problem was that I could no longer box. I’ve been training since I was nine years old, four to five times a week. To know this was no longer an option was really tough.
My mum was really bothered that I was told that basically I would just need to get on with it and get used to life with only one eye, so she set about looking on the internet for any help there may be for vision loss and she came across Restore Vision Clinic in Berlin, Germany and read Dr. Anton Fedorov's entire website. We sent all my test results from here in UK including MRI, blood tests, field tests and after a weeks wait for Dr. Anton Fedorov to go through my results, I got invited to attend for therapy. As soon as we got invited my mum was adamant she would get me there for this treatment.
I started my treatment on Dec. 8, 2016. Doctors of the Fedorov Restore Vision Clinic met us, and we felt immediately at ease. Everything was explained, tests were done, and the first of 10 electrical stimulation therapies was completed, with no pain whatsoever. After my first treatment, I found things were lighter in my left eye. I could not see a picture, but could see the screen was lighter.
The second and third treatments were very similar to each other yet I was starting to see images and they were not black, it was actual colour, the fourth treatment was the day that my sight came back 100%. My mum cried as did my dad when she rang him back at home in the UK. The 10 sessions are now complete, with the brain training that goes with it and I feel like my old self again, I owe everything to Dr. Anton Fedorov and Dr. Julia Chibisova, I have my dream back
The experience of coming to Berlin and getting this treatment is hard to put into words. Losing sight is bad for anyone, but, at 18, it was awful. It didn’t just affect me; it affected my parents and my siblings, who also watched me go through it. I feel so grateful and happy that I was able to go and wish more people knew about this clinic, as many don’t. I’m still in contact with Dr. Fedorov by email and am being monitored here in the UK to ensure everything stays stable. Today, my sight is still 100%. I’m back to boxing and feel fantastic!