Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in people over 60. The CDC estimates that 1.8 million Americans 40 years and older are affected by AMD and that 7.3 million have early risk factors. With the increase in screens, blue light exposure and their use at earlier ages now these numbers are expected to go up, not down.
Acupuncture and herbal medicines has been used for thousands of years to treat eye conditions. We now successfully use this ancient medicine to treat our modern day eye diseases.
Types of Eye Conditions Most Commonly Treated with Chinese Ophthalmology:
Dr. Lundberg is one of the few acupuncturists in the Pacific Northwest trained in Chinese Medicine Ophthalmology treating eye diseases of the macula and retina. We require each potential patient to schedule a consult with Dr. Lundberg to understand your health history and determine if you are a good candidate for our program.
Our approach is comprehensive. Given Dr. Lundberg’s expertise in both Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine, each plan is individualized and may include:
Food Intolerance Testing
Nutrition and lifestyle counseling
Herbal and supplemental therapies
Your Natural Vision Plan :
1. Prior to your initial consult, we request you have visited your ophthalmologist within the past two months for an accurate assessment of vision and eye health.
2. Acupuncture in very specific areas of the body. Usually 2 treatments are performed in the same day, back to back, lasting 30 minutes each.
3. Targeted herbs and supplements to address underlying issues with circulation to the eyes.
4. Lifestyle and dietary recommendation to address the cause of vision issues and slow down progression.
The short answer is no. Chinese Medicine Ophthalmology uses needles inserted in very specific locations in the hands and feet. Patients may have needles inserted in their forehead or around the eyes, in very similar locations to typical acupuncture treatment.
How many treatments do I need?
Your medical history will be discussed at the initial consult. Based on this history and current symptoms a plan will be recommended that’s specific to you. To see the best effects, an intensive period of treatment is advised for at least the first two weeks and up to the first month. By the end of the first month of treatment, we will have a good sense how you are responding to treatment.
What can I expect?
Most patients report an increase in brightness within their first couple of treatments. Treatments have a cumulative effect and over time 85% of patients report improvement in their vision. Many patients report a clarity in their vision, like the smudged window is cleaner, they are able to read and notice details and outlines again, they are able to drive with more confidence, watch television and halt the progression. We actually see improvements in vision testing and changes to the macula on imaging.
How long does it last?
Given the nature of eye diseases, they are typically chronic conditions. This means most patients require some maintenance treatments after the initial intensive period of treatment. Like a car needs a tune-up, the same is true for our eyes. Based on your needs, a maintenance plan will vary for each person. Often this is a once a month to once every couple months treatment to maintain the results achieved.