About 3 million Americans have glaucoma and it is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. Anyone can get glaucoma, but certain groups are at higher risk. These groups include African Americans over age 40, all people over age 60, people with a family history of glaucoma, and people who have diabetes. African Americans are 6 to 8 times more likely to get glaucoma than whites. People with diabetes are 2 times more likely to get glaucoma than people without diabetes. Although the statistics give pause, Dr. Bardwell at Beyond Health and Wellness have had great success lowering eye pressures with acupuncture.
Although currently there are a variety of treatments for lowering the intraocular pressure such as eye drops and laser surgery, eye drops are used as the main treatment of glaucoma. Beyond Health and Wellness use of acupuncture has been effectively and safely used in the treatment of glaucoma either alone or in combination with eye drops. Results are contingent on the patients health factors with patient results showing a lowering of eye pressure over time. Health risk factors that increase the risk of glaucoma include severe nearsightedness, diabetes, high blood pressure, and eye injury or surgery. The use of eye drops, pills, inhalers, and creams also are noted to increase the risk of acquiring glaucoma. There is no cure for glaucoma; however, through early diagnosis and treatment, the disease can be controlled before vision loss or blindness occurs. Glaucoma is a condition that progresses silently until a diagnosis by an Optician or the individual’s vision becomes blurry, there is eye pain, sickness to your stomach or headaches. None of which may alert you to have your eyes examined and this is why it is the second leading cause of blindness. If diagnosed with glaucoma, consider booking an appointment at Beyond Health and Wellness.
With acupuncture, treatment can improve blood flow to the eye and to the optic nerve, which can in turn help to reduce pressure behind the eye. One study of patients treated for glaucoma showed reduced intraocular pressure both an hour after the treatment, and more generally, after having completed four treatment sessions. Concurrent acupuncture sessions, such as twice per week, provide the optimum effectiveness.
Call Beyond Health and Wellness to obtain further information if you are in need of glaucoma treatment to lower your eye pressures. Your sight may depend upon it.