Bojic L., Gosovic S., Kovacecic H., and Denoble P. Hyperbaric Oxygenation in the Treatment of Macular Degeneration. Spilt, Yugoslavia: Split Naval Medical Institute, pp. 1-4.
Dr. L. Bojic treated 4 patients with advanced macular degeneration and severe vision loss in a clinical trail with HBOT. Three of the four patients experienced a doubling of visual acuity after HBOT. The fourth patient experienced a four-fold improvement.
Although much more research is needed and HBOT is still considered experimental in this condition, it seems that a trial of thirty 60-minute treatments at 1.5 ATA in a monoplace HBO chamber, combined with other therapies such as laser and nutritional supplements, offers hope for additional benefit. This makes good sense, because cells of the retina are specialized neurons−actually an extension of the brain. Retinal cells would therefore be expected to respond to HBOT, similarly to brain-injured patients.
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