Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy can be beneficial in treating eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, “floaters”, macular degeneration, and can also help de-stress the eyes. PEMF therapy can also improve eye health and vision in relation to age-related and stress-related eye problems, and eye strain.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy in Glaucoma

The National Eye Institute’s study on the prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye diseases show that more than 35 million Americans over 40 suffer from one of the big four types of eye problems: age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma.

A study from the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) shows that glaucoma can be expensive to treat. While laser surgery can be a way to treat glaucoma, the effect is not permanent and it would still need to be paired with expensive glaucoma medications that have many side effects

Alternatively, PEMF therapy can be a way to restore vision or treat vision loss due to a variety of eye problems, and can be used at home.

Effectiveness of PEMF therapy for glaucoma and optic nerve disorders


PEMF therapy can be used to aid in recovery of optic nerve disorders and glaucoma. PEMF improves blood circulation​1​ and micro-circulation​2​ , which have neuro-regenerative effects and and help keep eyes healthy. Improved blood circulation provides increased tissue oxygenation, which is the the energy-carrying capacity of the blood. This is integral to keeping cells young.

A 1990​3​ study of those suffering with glaucoma found that in just ten sessions of 10-minutes each of PEMF therapy, increased blood flow in the eyes, which is beneficial and effective in treating glaucoma. Glaucoma can cause a visual field defect which can end up in blindness.

Another study from 1996​4​, showed that applying PEMF therapy for glaucoma decreased the visual field deficit. It had an additional benefit of reducing the size of cataracts that may also have been present.

A more recent study​5​ found regression in symptoms and improvement of vision with glaucoma and another study found it comparatively more effective than conventional approaches that use tablets for vasoactive effects.

Several ocular disorders are due to diabetes, including glaucoma and retinopathy. PEMF therapy helps naturally helps many aspects of diabetes including related vision loss.

PEMF therapy helps naturally helps many aspects of diabetes including related vision loss.

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy in Glaucoma
PEMFs applied to Eyes using FlexPulse PEMF device

With regular application of pulsed magnetic fields by using a device to deliver PEMF to the eyes, eyesight would naturally stop degenerating due to aging. PEMFs have anti-aging benefits and therefore provides preventive care to your eyes.

With regular application of pulsed magnetic fields by using a device to deliver PEMF to the eyes, eyesight would naturally stop degenerating due to aging. PEMFs have anti-aging benefits and therefore provide preventive care to your eyes.

Optic nerve damage

Optic nerve atrophy, or optic nerve damage can result from hereditary genetic disorders, trauma (including stroke), tumor, decrease in oxygen or blood supply, and infections. In 1990, a preliminary study​6​ using low-frequency electromagnetic therapy in cases of optic nerve atrophy found a vision improvement of 0.2+ diopters (the unit used to measure the correction your eye requires) in 90% of those studied.

Effectiveness of PEMF therapy for eyes in sports performance

Some exciting news for competitive sports players and athletes, magnetic stimulation can reduce your reaction-time too. Visual afterimages can last for microseconds, interfering with rapidly incoming new images. In the competetive setting microseconds can affect reaction time and performance. The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience published a recent experiment​7​ using magnetic stimulation applied to the brain’s visual cortex that found improved fading of visual afterimages.

PEMF therapy for eyes allows gentle regeneration and provides preventive effects at low amplitudes over long-term, while higher intensities would provide faster acting results. Due to the dual effects, mental wellness and performance enhancement, it can relieve stress on the eyes, in addition to destressing and detoxifying the entire body.

Electrical stimulation or PEMF therapy for Prevention or Reversal of Eye problems?

Because electrical stimulation is a much older technology, this has been studied and used more, therefore it has become the go-to for eye health. But, PEMF therapy has consistently proven to have superior effects. A pulsed electromagnetic field has no tissue resistance compared to strong tissue resistance with an electric field and thus is able to penetrate deeper and affect a wider area with less power and no discomfort.

PEMF therapy for eyes also allows a more natural recovery for the cells as the electromagnetic therapy field uses less power and stimulates the cells to recover more naturally due to improved oxygenation, regeneration and tissue energy production. PEMF therapy can also be applied by anyone at home, whereas electrical stimulation more often requires visiting specialists and multiple follow-up visits.

PEMF therapy for Eyes Research citations

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