The results of a recent study have shown that the non-invasive stimulation of the corneal surface of the eye (also known as Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation) can reduce depression-like symptoms and improve cognition in animal models.
In the case of depression, this eye stimulation technique was able to reduce stress hormones and to activate brain pathways, ended up with remarkable antidepressant-like effects in a mice model for depression.
As for dementia, the technique turned to stimulate the expression of genes involved in the development and growth of brain cells in the hippocampus. When tested in mice models of Alzheimer’s, the non-invasive eye stimulation improved drastically their memory and reduced beta-amyloid deposits in the hippocampus, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
These findings are remarkable as they propose new potential therapeutic opportunities to treat depression and dementia and have to be validated by clinical trials.
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