Eye Treatments

Eye Treatments

Some of the available treatments at Arkansas Acupuncture Center

Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve, optic nerve root and retina. The increased pressure in the eye cause the capillaries to collapse, resulting in damage to the retina and subsequent vision loss. The anterior chamber in the front of the eye contains a clear fluid that flows continuously in and out of the eye, nourishing the tissues inside the chamber. If the fluid does not flow…

Glaucoma Treatment

Floaters

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture Floaters are small spots or clouds moving across a person’s field of vision, and are actually clumps of cells inside the vitreous, the gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eyeball, casting shadows across the retina. Few patients come to the Arkansas Acupuncture Center solely to be treated for Floaters. In most cases, they are at the clinic for macular degeneration or other degenerative eye diseases. During the consultation…

Floaters

Rod-Cone Dystrophy

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture The retina is composed of rods and cones, the photoreceptor cells in the back of the eye that pick up images from the retina and send them to the brain. Rod-Cone Dystrophy is a name given to a group eye conditions affecting both rods and cones. Children are born with this condition. Over time, the rods and cones stop working. The patient will eventually go blind. Improved Vision Several patients with Rod-Cone…

Rod-Cone Dystrophy

Angioid Streaks

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture 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…

Angioid Streaks

Usher’s Syndrome

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture Usher’s syndrome is a condition of Retinitis Pigmentosa where the patient simultaneously experiences hearing loss. About three to six percent of children with hearing loss will also have Retinitis Pigmentosa. Acupuncture for Retinitis Pigmentosa will help repair some of the damage to help restore vision for those with Usher’s syndrome, but will not necessarily help with the hearing loss. In these cases it is especially important to be aggressive with treatment since.

Usher’s Syndrome

Diabetic Retinopathy

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture One of the most common causes of blindness in American adults, diabetic retinopathy results from the body’s inability to properly store and use sugar. An increase in blood sugar levels causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Blood vessels behind the eyes contract, restricting circulation. Lack of proper blood flow robs the eyes of sufficient nutrients and oxygen, and blood vessels become weak. Diabetic retinopathy behaves much like wet AMD.…

Diabetic Retinopathy

Stargardt’s Disease

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture Stargardt’s disease is early onset macular degeneration, and refers to a group of inherited eye diseases that cause light-sensitive retinal cells to deteriorate, particularly in the area of the macula. Central vision loss occurs, while peripheral vision is usually retained. Stargardt’s disease is often referred to as early onset macular degeneration, but unlike macular degeneration, Stargardt’s rarely progresses to the point where abnormal blood vessels grow through the retina. Also known…

Stargardt’s Disease

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited eye diseases that cause degeneration of photoreceptor cells of the retina, the area in the back of the eye that contains light sensitive cells commonly called rods and cones. Many cases of RP are due to an autoimmune reaction where the immune system attacks the cells. Opthamologists tell their patients that their aren’t any available Retinitis Pigmentosa treatments, however our patients have experienced great improvement…

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Macular Degeneration

Treatment(s) Used: Acupuncture Nutritional and Dietary Many patients coming to the Arkansas Acupuncture Center have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is often referred to as dry macular degeneration, an eye disorder of the retina that affects the macula. The retina is the area in the back of the eye made up of light sensitive cells, called rods and cones, which transmit messages to the brain by way of the optic nerve. The macula is…

Macular Degeneration

Acupuncture

What can be treated by Acupuncture and oriental medicine? Oriental medicine, including Acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years. Pain syndromes, digestive conditions, urinary bladder issues, emotional imbalances, circulatory disorders; these all can be managed or helped with Acupuncture and chinese herbology. We practice traditional Chinese medicine at the Arkansas Acupuncture Center. This includes Acupuncture, chinese herbology, cupping, moxabustion (burning aged mugwort close to the skin – used in place of Acupuncture for…

Acupuncture

Myofascial Release

Alleviate pain and regain range of motion. Myofascial release refers to the discovery and release of trigger points, areas of the muscle tissue where lactic acid builds up causing tight bands in the muscles. These tight bands cause a referred pain, pain in an area often far from the sight of the trigger points and need to be massaged in a particular way and punctured with Acupuncture needles to bring relief. Certain pain patterns are often…

Myofascial Release

Nutritional & Dietary

Nutrition and Dietary Considerations for Degenerative Eye Disorders For those receiving Acupuncture for degenerative eye disorders at the Arkansas Acupuncture Center, nutritional supplementation and proper diet are essential for long-term care of the vision, and to maintain the benefits of the treatments. The multivitamin specifically formulated for vision disorders, Visio-Plex contains the essential ingredients for maintaining healthy vision. However, the multivitamin does not contain omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D or sufficient vitamin C,…

Nutritional & Dietary