Treatment options for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa are limited and there is no cure.some are turning to a form of acupuncture for relief and it's working, reported television station KGTV in San Diego.
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese medical treatment used to treat everything from premenstrual syndrome to smoking addiction. Now, a slightly different form of acupuncture is being used to treat eye disease.
San Diego acupuncturist Dr. Gail Brent practices micro-acupuncture--a treatment that is providing hope for people like Joyce Lea.
Several years ago, Lea heard about micro-acupuncture and decided to give it a try.
Following a visual acuity test, patients undergo a series of treatments. It's called micro-acupuncture because relatively few needles are used.
Patients initially commit to 15 to 20 treatments. If tests show improvement, patients undergo a maintenance program to maintain positive results.