I’m 36 years old from Atlanta, in the United States. The first sign of my loss of vision was in April 2015 when things began to look foggy. I asked my daughters if it was foggy outside. They said no, and I thought they were joking. Next, I noticed that I wasn’t able to see a median in the road, so I ran over it. The last sign to happen was that I no longer could see my face in the mirror. After visiting with an optometrist, he suggested that I see a neurologist. Dr. Cohen, a neurologist, ordered an MRI. Brain imaging results showed that I had a brain tumor in my left frontal lobe that he described as unique and different from others he’d seen before.
I was diagnosed with a Grade III Astrocytoma, which caused optic nerve damage. Although the tumor was removed, my vision remained the same. My list of my complaints at that point were:
These complaints dramatically changed my life. They made me unable to independently walk anywhere on my own, to see entrances to buildings, and unable to see to read. Even simple tasks like identifying clothing, items on the counter or floor, etc., were difficult. I was unable to cook. Bumping my head and body parts due to being unable to see objects in front of me or at my side was “normal“ at this time.
Several months later, my friend found the Restore Vision Clinc in Berlin, Germany. At first, Dr. Fedorov was skeptical of me being a candidate for his treatment. I prayed that GOD give me the right words to share with the doctor, so I could qualify for treatment. Upon request from Dr. Fedorov (the Head of the clinic), my neurosurgeon, Dr. Bart MacDonald, provided a letter to verify that I had no contraindications and supported me pursuing vision restoration treatment.
My first visit to Dr. Fedorov was in January of 2016. After my eighth or ninth treatment, I was able to see food on my plate, which was the first sign of progress. I had minimal progress from the visual field tests at that time. Upon returning to the U.S., my friend stated that I could focus on her better. At this point, all of my complaints remained the same, except I could see food on my plate. Over the course of four months, I began noticing things in the home that were there all along.
Seeing an improvement of my sight and an absence of side effects (repeated MRI scans did not reveal abnormal growth of tumor), I decided to come to Germany again for the second round of therapy. During the treatment in May 2016, I noticed that my field of vision was expanding, my ability to see color was improving, and my depth perception was changing. I gained more clarity and contrast. Along with those positive improvements, the best one was that my central vision was beginning to open up by allowing me to see faint shadows. The brightness in my eyes increased drastically. These 10 sessions of treatment were the most successful compared to previous treatments. The functionality test was added, which I feel had a significant impact on my overall progress. During this 10-day session, Dr. Fedorov suggested that I use the vision that I have to force my optic nerves to continue to connect or send signals to my brain, which helped over the next six months after treatment.
During these six months is where I’ve had the most improvement so far. I noticed that I was able to see colors. I also began to use my cell phone again because I was able to read words, draw and see more clearly on television and electronic devices. I was able to work out at a fitness center independently, walk independently, ride my bicycle, read labels on food packages and groceries. My field of vision expanded, and I was able to see the road more clearly, even noticing the types of vehicles and colors of cars as they passed by.
The treatment in Germany gave me back the ability to travel within the United States alone via airplane and train, which I did numerous times. I’ve gained substantial independence during these six months, which brings me to one of the bravest things I’ve ever done, which was traveling to Germany alone for my third and most recent set of treatments.
This time I was allotted 15 treatments. This trip was the most successful because I was able not only to travel to Berlin alone, but also successfully get to and from the doctor’s office and hotel safely! During the treatment, my results showed that my field of vision had expanded and that I had central vision in my right eye, according to my visual field test. Each day I gained overall better vision in all areas like:
I noticed that each day I completed the functionality test, my vision improved before the stimulation. The functionality test helped me focus, which I noticed improved my vision. This was the most liberating trip that I’ve ever taken in my life. I thank GOD for having the opportunity to have been a part of this wonderful invention created by Dr. Fedorov and his colleagues. Since the last trip, I’m not only doing things independently, but I’m doing them faster. I’m also noticing objects at a distance faster, walking faster, and am able to use my cell phone faster and actively participating in normal activities with family and friends. Although all of my vision wasn’t fully restored and some of my complaints are still there, this treatment helped me manage my life almost, so that I’m nearly independent. With Dr. Fedorov and Dr. Julia’s expertise and individualized care, my quality of life has improved drastically. Without the support of my loved ones and this amazing invention, I don’t know where I’d be today.