Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for eye complications and tissue repair
There is a growing body of research regarding the positive effects of HBOT in the field of ophthalmology. HBOT gains recognition as an effective method of treatment for several eye complications associated with diabetes, infections, intoxication, injuries, degenerative diseases or radiation therapy.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we breathe 100% oxygen at higher barometric pressure than the sea level ambient pressure in order to raise tissue tension. A high concentration and pressure of oxygen is known to increase the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood, and to increase the tissue gradient to transfer oxygen inside the tissue. The result of this process is hyperoxia which will increase the consumption of oxygen by the tissue in order to initiate cellular and vascular repair systems.
Therapeutic uses of HBOT in ophthalmology
There are a number of common therapeutric uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) in eye complications. Research in ocular disorders where HBO may be effective is growing, from macular degeneration, ischemic events of the eye or radiation-induced optic neuropathy, which can cause severe visual impairment, including vision loss. Ischemic alterations in the retina can lead to temporary or permanent reduction in vision.
More oxygen available, better vision
Hyperoxia can restore retinal oxygenation. Among the multiple mechanisms of action, the transportation of oxygen is significantly increased with HBOT, which supersaturates retina synapses to bring healing and restoration of function in order to increase progressive recovery and vision possibility.
For potentially effective results, HBOT is required as soon as possible after the onset of vision loss. According to a number of clinical trials and studies, the increase in oxygen availability can lead to an improvement in vision. Further evaluation on the effects of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for ocular systems should be necessary to better understand the possible therapeutic effects of HBOT in ophthalmologic disorders and to guarantee the safety of patients that may receive HBO treatment.
Hyperbaric oxygen is documented to have many positive ophthalmic applications
- Improve visual functions (acuity, contrast sensitivity, chromatic sense etc) and visual field
- Reduce the incidence of blindness caused by lack of oxygen
- Improve retinal blood flow and circulation
- Reduce swelling and thereby the risk of developing glaucoma and cataract
- Reduce scar formation after surgery
- Speed up the healing after surgery and reduce complications
- Suppress infection either directly by destroying bacteria or assisting white blood cells in phagocytosis.
- Improve the immune system response
- Enhance the effect of some antibiotics
HBOT may be a visionary treatment modality
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the primary or adjuvant therapeutic method used in treatment of various acute or chronic disorders. The ophthalmic applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy show results in many ocular infections, with studies that pave the way for increased acceptability and use of HBOT among medical experts to help patients with ocular problems.
There are multiple studies that show HBOT is safe and effective for:
- Radiation-induced macular ischemia
- Scleral ischemia and melt
- Retinal artery occlusion
- Acute retinal ischemia
- Cystoid macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion
- Scleral thinning and necrosis faced after pterygium surgery
- Orbital rhino-cerebral mucormycosis
- Nonhealing corneal edema
- Anterior segment ischemia
- Central Retinal Artery Occlusion (CRAO)
- Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
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