Acupuncture for Vision

The Vision Improvement Program

Acupuncture for visionThe Vision Improvement Program is a proactive, hands-on treatment protocol for improving and maintaining vision, eye health, overall health and wellbeing. We specialize in the treatment of degenerative eye disease, using the Micro Acupuncture and the AcuNova acupuncture protocols, along with Chinese herbal medicine, eye exercises, nutritional supplements, specific nutritional recommendations, techniques for stress reduction, qigong exercises, and lifestyle improvements. We also include microcurrent stimulation when appropriate. These treatments are designed to stimulate and direct the qi (chi), blood, oxygen, nutrients and increased circulation to the eyes, in order to create an optimal environment for the eyes to heal. We also address the underlying health issues that are at the root of these eye disorders, in accordance with Chinese medicine.

The Vision Improvement Program addresses various medically diagnosed eye conditions. The most commonly treated disorders include:

  • Stargardt Disease
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Dry Eyes
  • Myopia
  • Retinal Occlusion
  • Optic Nerve Atrophy
Treatment Protocols: Acupuncture for Vision

exam-roomThe Vision Improvement Program is provided over the course of one or two weeks, with 12 treatments each week. Three treatments a day, with one to two hour intervals, are given Monday through Thursday. At the initial treatment, various vision tests are taken to establish a baseline status of the vision. The patient completes an in-depth health history which we then discuss, and this also provides an opportunity for the patient to ask any questions. We encourage our patients to be well-informed, so that they know what to expect and what will be needed for ongoing improvement and maintenance. At the end of each week, the vision tests are repeated and compared to the first tests to see how the patient is responding to the acupuncture treatments.

Instructions on specific nutritional, vitamin and mineral supplements needed for the health and healing of the eyes and underlying conditions are given, along with resources for lifestyle improvement and stress reduction counseling. Patients receive eye exercises as well as qigong exercises that help the eyes and body establish and maintain normal qi and blood flow. These components of the Vision Improvement Plan support the success of the treatments.

shutterstock_135093482More than 80% of our patients respond successfully to acupuncture treatments with improvement of their vision and the slowing/stopping of degeneration.

Patients need to understand that these treatments are not a cure. This program requires determination and dedication from both patient and acupuncturist, working together to obtain the best results possible. You will need to take an active role in achieving optimum improvement for your vision, and for your overall health. Some patients experience significant changes right away, while for others, results take more time. Your body, mind, and overall well-being may be affected by other health issues, medications, stress, nutrition and lifestyle. These factors are likely to impact the eyes and also influence the effectiveness of the treatments. Once your vision has been optimized, degenerative eye conditions require ongoing maintenance. Each patient’s condition and response to treatment is unique, so the frequency of follow-up maintenance treatments is determined by the specifics of your condition. In general, patients will need to return three to four times for maintenance treatments during the first year. After the first year, maintenance generally requires visits twice annually, or as often as recommended by your practitioner based on your specific condition.