Electrical Eyesight Treatment

An alternative treatment to laser eye surgery has some patients with macular degeneration seeing better.

The treatment uses electricity to stimulate the eye.

Macular degeneration is one of the most common forms of vision loss in America. In fact, 12 million Americans have it, and as the population ages, it's expected to increase.

Patients with macular degeneration don't see the world like most people do. Their view is obscured by a large black spot that usually gets worse over time.

But now, a procedure called microcurrent stimulation can help most patients with the condition. The procedure involves applying electrical currents to acupuncture spots around your eyes, twice a day, three to four days a week.

Doctors say it helps patients' field and color vision improve.

Dr. Damon Miller, an alternative medicine practitioner, says the procedure has people who are legally blind drive again. But, he says, there's no scientific proof that says electricity helps you see.

Miller says drug companies have primarily funded medical studies in America and that this is not a drug. It's also important to note that doctors say the procedure is not a cure for macular degeneration.

Miller says it can slow down the disease in most patients.