Angioid streaks are gray or brown lines that radiate out form the area around the optic nerve and are often seen in patients with pseudoxanthoma elasticum, or PXE, a rare disorder of degeneration of the elastic fibers of the skin, blood vessels and back of the eyes. Tiny areas of calcification form. Angioid streaks are due to a rupture in the pigment layer of the retina.
Angioid Streaks are an inherited form of retinal degeneration or macular degeneration. They can be detected as early as age ten and are often indicative of a more complicated disorder.
The few patients treated at the Arkansas Acupuncture Center for Angioid Streaks responded well to treatment, often gaining vision, or holding what vision they have. As with most retinal diseases, these patients will require ongoing treatment, coming to the clinic anywhere from once ever three years to three times a year, as seen from experience of those who have received acupuncture for this condition.