Acupuncture for Vision Health/Management

Your eyes are a reflection of your overall health. Illnesses such as
diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be revealed in the eyes. Conditions
such as glaucoma, optic neuritis or vision loss are often associated with
systemic health problems. It is this interconnection between your eyes and
your health that acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and supplements can
tap into and utilize to treat eye and vision problems. Eye conditions
respond well to acupuncture and it has been used successfully to treat a
wide range of eye problems for centuries.


How Eye Disorders Are Treated With Acupuncture

Chinese medicine pays close attention to the relationship between tissues
and organs. Sometimes an imbalance within the body can manifest as an eye
problem, just as the health of the eyes is often a reflection of an
imbalance or health problem elsewhere in the body.
When you are treated for an eye condition with acupuncture, any underlying
imbalances that are attributing to your symptoms will be addressed. The
eye problems will also be treated directly by promoting circulation of Qi
(life force) and blood around the eyes.

What do the acupuncture treatments entail?

Normally the vision tests are requested from the patient on the first
visit, that way we have a baseline to compare whether what we are treating
is working. We do not do vision tests in the office.

The acupuncture is done anywhere from 2 times a week for 2 months straight
to once or twice a day for 1-2 weeks straight depending on condition and
the particular patients time. The treatments last about 45 minutes to an
The acupuncture points we use are located around the eyes, as well as below
the elbows, hands, below the knees and feet. Acupuncture and Chinese
medicine is not only treating your eyes, it is also treating your systemic
issue causing your eye problems.
After the treatment protocol, the patient is to do another set of vision
tests to see where you stand in terms of improvement.

Common eye problems treated with acupuncture include:

 • Glaucoma

 • Cataracts

 • Chronic Dry Eyes

 • Macular Degeneration

 • Optic Neuritis

 • Optic Atrophy

 • Diabetic Retinopathy