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Q? Do you think black spots on makula can be removed?
A. Black spots on makula can be removed. AMD – Age-related macular degeneration, is so far incurable eye-disease and if you are being diagnosed with this disease, you are going to lose your vision, permanently. You will be blind in the end.Your doctor will tell you that there is nothing you can do about it, but accept the situation and take some AMD vitamins, fish oil supplements and hope for the best. But today, there is no available medications or treatments for AMD in Western medicine.
From a Chinese medicine and/or naturopathic perspective though… there is definitely a lot that can be done to restore loss of vision or stop the degenerative process!
Q? How can acupuncture improve my vision? A. Recent research shows that acupuncture increases blood flow to the eyes and the surrounding area, as well as stimulate different neurological brain regions.
Through an Ocular Doppler-test that measures the bloodflow and research that has shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the eyes. Functional MRI tests show that acupuncture may activate and suppress certain areas of the brain involved in visual perception. We can measure some of the effects of acupuncture, but at this time we do not have a full understanding of how the whole mechanism works. We definitely need more conclusive research!
Q? What is the prospect of recreating lost vision?
A. The very first thing we do at the start of treatments, is to test the patient’s general vision health. You start by reading a line in our visual charts that we call a baseline. After 10 treatments the patients have often increased this level of 2 to 5 lines (or more).
Patient suffering from advanced AMD generally have low vision can sometimes increase as much as 6, 7 or 8 lines after the same treatment period. The results depend on how far the condition has progressed and how much permanent nerve damage the macula has received.
Sleeping cells during treatment will wakeup and show improvement slowly. Increased blood cirulation improves nutrition of the eye. As sleeping or resting cells arouses we normally increase the acupuncture treatment. However, it is not easy to know which cells are dead and which are only dormant before we start the treatments. Therefore, it is challenging to predict in advance the results for each unique patient. Some patients have more dead cells and few dormant and vice versa.
Between 80 and 90 percent of our patients found improvements within the first round of a total of 10 treatments. Macular Degeneration patients experience a certain degree of distortion.
Q? How do you measure the efficiency of acupuncture treatments?
A. This is essential. The key word here is action. We use conventional functional test methods at the clinic, such as the Amsler Grid, visual acuity and visual field testing for our AMD patients.
Loss of function in your main field of vision will offer challenges in seeing sharp (HD vision), reading, driving, face recognition etc. By means of said testing we can determine the degree of functional visual loss.
After the first five treatments, we’ll usually send patients back to ophthalmologist or optometrist to carry out a new OCT and fundus camera exams to monitor any physiological and structural changes and improvements in the macula.
In summary, we use conventional testing in the clinic with the addition of an ophthalmological test through partners to confirm the trend of improvement or stabilization.
Q? For how long will the results of the treatment last?
A. The result of the treatments can last from several months to a few years. Each treatment situation is different and factors that exacerbate health problems, such as the use of medications, poor diet, stress, various lifestyle factors and how structured you are in relation to complying with the recommendations you get, will play a central role in how fast you have to go back for a follow up treatment.
A high percentage of patients will probably require a certain degree of supervision to maintain healthy blood flow and throughput to the macula.
AMD is a neurodegenerative condition that is basically incurable. The best we can do here is to try to restore the lost vision and treat the condition most zealously and with great attention. In most AMD cases we focus on stabilizing sight as much as possible to avoid deterioration, and the stabilized vision should hold at a steady level for a prolonged period. It will require some supplements and diet change and some lifestyle moderations.
At an early stage, AMD can benefit from getting treatments every 1 to 2 years. More advanced stages of Macular Degeneration patients often come more often; 2, 3 or even up to four times a year. On average our patients benefit form follow up treatments twice annually.
All sessions begin on Monday and and on Friday. Treatments last for 30 minutes and there is a 1 hour break in-between the 2 treatments. So it will take a total of about 2 hours to complete your treatment for the day. Monday and Friday will take a little longer because we will also be testing your vision on those days.
A Pilot Study On How Acupuncture Works On Treating Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa
Patients with retinitis pigmentosa are motivated to try complementary or integrative therapies to slow disease progression. Basic science, clinical research and retinitis pigmentosa patients’ self-reports support the hypothesis that acupuncture may improve visual function.
A prospective, case series, pilot study enrolled 12 adult patients with RP treated at an academic medical centre with a standardised protocol that combined electroacupuncture to the forehead and below the eyes and acupuncture to the body, at 10 half-hour sessions over two weeks. Pre- and post-treatment tests included Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study visual acuity (VA), Pelli-Robson contrast sensitivity (CS), Goldmann visual fields, and dark-adapted full-field stimulus threshold (FST)(n = 9). Scotopic Sensitivity Tester-1 (SST-1) dark-adaptometry was performed on the last two subjects.
Six of 12 subjects had measurable, significant visual function improvements after treatment. Three of nine subjects tested with the FST had a significant 10.3 to 17.5 dB (that is, 13- to 53-fold) improvement in both eyes at one week after acupuncture, maintained for at least 10 to 12 months, which was well outside typical test-retest variability (95% CI: 3–3.5 dB) previously found in retinitis pigmentosa. SST-1 dark-adaptation was shortened in both subjects tested on average by 48.5 per cent at one week (range 36 to 62 per cent across 10 to 30 dB), which was outside typical coefficients of variation of less than 30 per cent previously determined in patients with retinitis pigmentosa and normals. Four of the five subjects with psychophysically measured scotopic sensitivity improvements reported subjective improvements in vision at night or in dark environments. One subject had 0.2 logMAR improvement in VA; another had 0.55 logCS improvement. Another subject developed more than 20 per cent improvement in the area of the Goldmann visual fields. The acupuncture protocol was completed and well tolerated by all, without adverse events or visual loss.
ConclusionsAcupuncture entails minimal risk, if administered by a well-trained acupuncturist and may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa, in particular scotopic sensitivity, which had not previously been studied. These preliminary findings support the need for future controlled studies of potential mechanisms.”
Please see more at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cxo.12117/full
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