Price: $875 per unit (less $100 discount for upfront purchase, or leasing option available)
Microcurrent Stimulation helps stimulate energy production (ATP) in the retina, improve circulation & reduce waste build-up.
MicroCurrent Stimulation (MCS) 100ile is an enhanced adaptation of a FDA approved therapy used by anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and rehabilitative specialists to promote the healing of wounds and transplanted tissues as well as to treat pain.
Not only is this the only unit based on all research studies done to date, but it has a unique Regulator and Processor that uniquely adjusts the microcurrent based on each individual's retinal tissue acceptance of the microcurrent (1,000 times per minute). The higher frequencies in the beginning of each 5-minute session helps relax the retinal tissue, then the lower frequencies stimulate the retina and ATP (energy) production within the retinal cells. The treatments also attracts adult stem cells to help stimulate possible cell regeneration.
The theory is that MCS helps
Although the exact mechanism of action of MCS has not yet been established scientifically, research suggests that microcurrent electrical stimulation device approximates the level of electrical activity present in a healthy eye, resulting in stimulating retinal activity and energizing dormant cells, as well as improving microvascular circulation, nerve conduction and velocity.
Microcurrent stimulation increases ATP (energy) synthesis in the retinal cells needed for membrane viability and waste management (a major concern for those with dry macular degeneration as excess waste not reabsorbed and eliminated results in waste accumulation called "drusen").
The treatment of patients with Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa entails the periodic administration of very precise amounts of tightly controlled electrical current through electrodes applied to the skin at specific areas around the eye. The electrical current is used to stimulate the retina as well as the diseased macula in order to help protect sight. The procedure is safe, noninvasive and painless and no side effects or adverse reactions have been observed.
There are several metabolic processes that are enhanced through the use of Microcurrent Stimulation. The first to boost the cells' ability to rid themselves of waste products. A cell with "stuck" waste products becomes a dead cell and interferes with cellular communication throughout the area where it is located. Cells need to take in nutrients and eliminate waste like all other living organisms. The energy supplied by Microcurrent Stimulation innervates cells to become vital and less sluggish.
The second way Microcurrent Stimulation works is by increasing blood supply to the area stimulated. By increasing blood flow to the area cells and tissues are nourished, refreshed and oxygenation is increased.
In general, the electrical current gently wakes up the cells from sleep and stimulates the healing process.
This is the home unit version of the Microcurrent Stimulation (MCS 400 ile). The frequency settings were used in the studies described below. It is preset automatically to run through 4 frequencies in a preset 5-minute cycle before turning off. The four frequencies are: 292Hz for 30 seconds, 30Hz for 30 seconds, 9.1Hz for 2 minutes, then finally .3Hz for 2 minutes. Voltage is up to 22 and amps range 700 microAmps.
There are other microcurrent stimulation units available, but they have to be specifically calibrated both in frequency and timing to ensure proper gentle wave currents for your eyes. Most of these units are actually TENS units designed more for wound healing and bone repair.
No side effects or adverse outcomes related to this treatment have been seen so far. No increase in the conversion to the wet form of ARMD has been seen to those who have been treated.
In a consensus statement by the NIH reports that, "One of the advantages...is that the incidence of adverse affects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions."
2 year study, 114 patients, Grace Halloran, PhD
10 year clinical study, 400 eyes with AMD, Drs. Jarding and Michael
Review, 120 patients, Damon Miller, MD
Stargardt's Disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other degenerative retinal diseases
2 year trial, 120 patients, Macular Degeneration Foundation
Patients were able to sustain these vision improvements over time by periodic self-administration of booster treatments and many report that this therapy has made a remarkable difference to their lives.
Coming: The Macular Degeneration Foundation plans to conduct a nationwide controlled clinical trial to define the vision-enhancing value of administering what it terms Microcurrent Stimulation (MCS).
18 pilot month study, Dr. Ed Paul
(AMD, Stargardt's, Retinitis Pigmentosa)
FDA-Guided Study by Department of Pediatrics, Pulmonary Disease & Critical Care Minneapolis
MCS therapy is considered an "off label" use of an approved medical device. Off label usage of FDA approved devices and drugs are commonly practiced by doctors without interference from the FDA and allows doctors to practice in a manner they feel most beneficial to their patients.
When ordering, please let us know your specific eye diagnosis.
MCS is contraindicated for those with pacemakers, or who are pregnant. If you have a neurological disorder such as epilepsy, please discuss with your doctor first before using MCS.How it Works Studies Safety Studies Pricing Abstracts FDA Note Directions Usage
The data presented here has not been reviewed by the FDA, nor has it been peer reviewed. The microcurrent devices used are approved by the FDA for the treatment of pain, but they have not been approved for other uses. The use of a device for an off-label use by a physician is legal. The use of microcurrent stimulation discussed here is only one part of a comprehensive program for supporting visual health, and should not replace any treatment prescribed by your physician.
There is a full 1 year replacement warranty on any defective unit (based on normal wear and tear).
The timer uses standard AAA batteries, the microstim unit uses a standard 9 volt battery, and you will be able to find replacement pads at your local drugstore (or we can order them for you.