Degenerative Eye Conditions like Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and Diabetic Retinopathy are a source of progressive vision loss for millions of Americans.
In spite of this, retinal specialists, ophthalmologists, and optometrists have little to offer these patients beyond AREDS, fish oil, eye drops and eye injections. MD’s are bound by Standard of practice and know little to nothing about alternative and experimental options.
Even though Eastern Medicine provides long-lasting visual improvement to 85% of our patients via Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Western MDs who recommend or even know about acupuncture services are few and far between.
Western Approach To Degenerative Eye Diseases
Western approach to degenerative eye diseases not surprisingly focuses on the eye. Controlling eye pressure with Glaucoma, using eye drops like Prostaglandin analogs such as Xalatan or Lumigan, helps by increasing the outflow of fluid from the eye.
Controlling new blood vessel growth or swelling in macula or retina with wet Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy by injecting eyes with anti-VEGF medications such as Lucentis, Avastin or Eylea.
In the case of Retinitis Pigmentosa, there is no specific treatment beyond basic supplements like Vitamin A palmitate, DHA and lutein.
The truth is that patients that come to us are often receiving these treatments but their vision is still declining.
Part of the reason for this is that many of these treatments do not get to the root causes of these degenerative eye diseases, namely; inflammation, oxidative stress and compromised blood flow.
The other problem with purely a Western approach is the inability to address systemic problems in a holistic manner.
Eastern Approach To Degenerative Eye Diseases
Eastern approach to degenerative eye diseases puts much more emphasis on treating the root causes of the condition and treating the person holistically.
Before treatment is begun a detailed pulse assessment is taken. This helps us better understand the patient’s condition at each organ level and whether the patient has any excess or deficient conditions.
Correcting these with herbal medicine, allows the patient to better respond to our eye treatments.
From the pulse assessment and history taking, we can also ascertain if one or all the main causes of degenerative eye diseases (inflammation, oxidative stress or stagnant blood flow) is present.
What Eastern Medicine lacks is often an objective reading for the patient’s eye condition and how vision progresses over time with treatment.
Western Medicine has wonderful tests like Snellen vision charts, Amsler grids, tonometry, OCT scans, peripheral field tests and contrast sensitivity tests to name a few. These help give a detailed snapshot of eye health in measurable terms.
After a series of treatments are completed, tests can be repeated to track progress.
Taking From Western And Eastern Medicine
Integrating the best from Western and Eastern Medicine to address degenerative eye conditions appears to be the best strategy for patient outcomes.
By getting the diagnostic expertise and conventional treatments of Western Medicine to help control some aspects of eye condition, along with holistic expertise of Eastern treatments to address constitutional imbalances and improve vision deficits, Integrative Care brings optimal results to our patients.
Please consider adding Eastern Medicine to improve your eye care outcome and call our office for a free consultation.