Can microcurrent be harmful in wet macular degeneration?

A patient recently asked me if microcurrent can be harmful in cases of wet macular degeneration.  Their question was”If microcurrent increases blood flow won’t this cause more bleeding?”

Wet macular degeneration is a condition in which tiny blood vessels grow into the retina. These new blood vessels are very fragile and have a tendency to bleed and leak fluid. It is important to know the cause of these blood vessels are a decrease in circulation which results in hypoxia (decrease in oxygen) This decrease in oxygen triggers the body to produce Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). This is a chemical that signals the retinal cells to produce more blood vessels.

Increasing the blood flow of normal blood vessels and increasing oxygenation will decrease the production of VEGF and slow the development of new leaking blood vessels.

Microcurrent can increase the blood flow of normal blood vessels and it can reduce inflammation.  Please read the article in this week’s newsletter on studies that show that microcurrent reduces inflammation.

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