An acupuncture protocol for treatment of age-related macular degeneration: a second report. Lundgren, AC. Medical Acupuncture 2005;16:33-5.
108 patients (56 women/52 men, median age 76.1 years [range 47-96 years]), thirty-two percent (32%) of eyes had wet AMD, 50% dry, and 18% were not specified.
- 69% of patients improved in distant vision and 69% improved in near vision
- Patients with both wet and dry forms of AMD benefited equally.
- 50% of patients had subjective vision improvement, such as:
- Able to see better in dim lighting or could drive better at night.
- Straight objects no longer had wavy or distorted edges.
- The "film over vision" or "fog" through which they viewed faces and distant objects cleared.
- 33% of patients gained more than 2 lines on EDTRS (Early Detection and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy Studies) charts
- 20% reported lessening or disappearance of scotomas
- 7% of patients noted improved color vision.
- The only complication was an occasional ecchymosis and recovery was uneventful.
There are studies also reported that acupuncture might be beneficial for:
- Dry eyes
- Cataract and Glaucoma, early stage