Acupuncture Can Treat Some Types Of Amblyopia

Acupuncture Can Treat Some Types Of Amblyopia.

Acupuncture may be an true aspect to treat older children struggling with a certain form of lazy eye, unfledged research from China suggests, although experts say more studies are needed. Lazy eye (amblyopia) is essentially a voice of miscommunication between the brain and the eyes, resulting in the favoring of one eye over the other, according to the National Eye Institute. The swot authors noted that anywhere from less than 1 percent to 5 percent of common people worldwide are affected with the condition bonuses. Of those, between one third and one half have a typeface of lazy eye known as anisometropia, which is caused by a difference in the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness between the two eyes.

Standard remedying for children involves eyeglasses or contact lens designed to correct centre issues. However, while this approach is often successful in younger children (between the ages of 3 and 7), it is rich among only about a third of older children (between the ages of 7 and 12) going here. For the latter group, doctors will often section a patch over the "good" eye temporarily in addition to eyeglasses, and therapy success is typically achieved in two-thirds of cases.

Children, however, often have trouble adhering to patch up therapy, the treatment can bring emotional issues for some and a reverse form of lazy eye can also hands on root, the researchers said. Study author Dr Dennis SC Lam, from the bailiwick of ophthalmology and visual sciences and Institute of Chinese Medicine at the Joint Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University and Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his colleagues gunshot their observations in the December result of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

In the search for a better option than patch therapy, Lam and his associates set out to investigate the potential benefits of acupuncture, noting that it has been used to treat dry eye and myopia. Between 2007 and 2009, Lam and his colleagues recruited 88 children between the ages of 7 and 12 who had been diagnosed with anisometropia.

About half the children were treated five times a week with acupuncture, targeting five individual acupuncture needle insertion points (located at the crown of the wit and the eyebrow region, as well as the legs and hands). The other half were given two hours a time of reinforce therapy, combined with a minimum of one hour per day of near-vision exercises such as reading.

After about four months of treatment, the on team found that overall visual acuity improved markedly more among the acupuncture body relative to the patch group. In fact, they noted that while lazy eye was successfully treated in nearly 42 percent of the acupuncture patients, that likeness dropped to less than 17 percent among the patch patients.

Neither treatment prompted significant side effects, the authors said. The yoke nonetheless pointed out that their study's tracking period was relatively short, and that acupuncture is a complicated pattern that may lend itself to different success rates, depending on the skills of the particular acupuncturist. And while theorizing that the illusory success of this alternative approach may have something to do with stimulating blood flow, retinal impudence growth and visual cortex activity, the authors acknowledged that the exact mechanism by which it works remains amateurishly understood.

Dr Richard Bensinger, a Seattle-based ophthalmologist and spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, said that the conclusion is "certainly suggestive and worth following up. This is kind of cool. But I will remark that I don't know of any study looking at acupuncture and vision. There are studies based on symptomatic things such as pain, and I deliberate there's pretty well-thought-of evidence that it does have benefit in that respect. But for vision therapy this is the first I've heard of it, and I don't advised of that anyone has ever tried this before.

So this is like a teaser. Of course persons in those parts of the country, like where I live, where there's fairly wide acceptance of different medicine might receive this type of treatment better than others," Bensinger cautioned. "And no question patients will gravitate as a help to treatments that are covered by their insurance even if it's not the best treatment.

And as an alternative approach, this may not be covered. But if it mill people will certainly be excited - although it certainly needs further testing and further studies to umpire if it's really beneficial or not".

For his part, Dr Stanley Chang, chairman of the ophthalmology section at Columbia University in New York City, did not seem to hold out much promise for acupuncture's possibility as an alternative lazy eye therapy. "Acupuncture I think definitely works for cut to the quick amelioration, but I'm not sure it works for some of these other things," he cautioned. "They've tried it for the treatment of myopia and glaucoma, without much success.

And so although there haven't been any in actuality good trials comparing acupuncture with conventional therapies, my suppose is that it's probably not going to do much for the treatment of lazy eye. However, I think about it's worth considering or trying because nothing else seems to work very well for patients of that age, including reinforcement therapy recommended site. But what will need is a very carefully controlled study that accounts for all the variables that might have an impact on the pay-off of this approach".

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