ABSTRACT

Retinitis pigmentosa(RP) is a group of inherited degenerative disease of outer retina causing progressive loss of vision in both eyes. Unfortunately no effective treatment exists for this group of diseases. Recently, Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation (TES) therapy has been described, which includes electrical stimuation of the retina in both eyes with the customised energy once in every week for at least 3 months. This therapy is shown to induce secretion of neuroprotective growth factors in the animal studies. The results performed in humans are also being reported. In this pilot study the results of 3 patients with very narrow visual fields are demonstrated. Both standard 30-2 and manual visual field testing was performed with best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) measurements. In 3 patients BCVA increased 3-5 letters. The visual field remained almost the same. In all 3 patients subjective quality of vision increased. The patients preferred to continue their treatment. TES therapy may be promising to stabilise vision and prevent visual field loss in eyes with retinitis pigmentosa, and may be offered to patients before serious vision loss occurs.


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Nur ACAR
ACIBADEM UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, MASLAK HOSPITAL
Istanbul
Turkey
Email: nuracarr@gmail.com
Work Phone: +905353949539