Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber to Help Treat Macular DegenerationAge related Macular Degeneration is a medical condition that can result in significant change in and loss of vision. The condition affects the middle of the retina, an area called the macula.
There is currently no cure for macular degeneration, but treatments can help slow the progress of the condition and sometimes even improve vision quality. And as the rates of the condition are expected to increase as the population ages, more and more patients and their physicians will be seeking those therapies.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one of those therapies that has shown promising results in patients suffering from Macular Degeneration.
The macula gives us our central vision, which is needed for every day tasks like reading, recognizing faces and driving. Macular degeneration causes a loss of that detailed vision in that center of the vision field. Although the condition is not painful, it drastically affects the everyday lives of those suffering from it. Things can become blurry, distorted or less detailed for patients with macular degeneration. They may develop a blind spot in the center of their visual field. Age is not the only factor associated with Macular Degeneration. Health, lifestyle choices, exercise and genetics may all play a role as well.
HBOT is the the administration of 100% oxygen at a higher than normal pressure. The treatments are given in a chamber where the patient simply has to breathe in and out freely. Since lack of oxygen supply is a contributing factor in macular degeneration, the oxygen-rich environment provided during HBOT treatments floods the tissues with oxygen and promotes healing and cell regeneration. HBOT is a non-invasive and safe treatment to help lesson the impact of Macular Degeneration and is showing promising results when combined with other treatments in helping restore and improve patients’ vision.
If you suffer from Macular Degeneration and want to learn more about how HBOT may help ease your symptoms, please contact us today for a hyperbaric oxygen therapy consultation. We will provide a free assessment to determine if you would benefit from this treatment. Schedule your appointment today online or by calling 727-269-5876.
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