Acupuncture for the Eyes

There is growing interest by researchers worldwide in acupuncture for the eyes. Eye conditions are routinely treated with acupuncture in Chinese hospitals.

Do take your eye health seriously. Our eyes are more challenged in the modern world, by things like long hours of screen use, or air conditioning in the workplace. See an optician for an eye examination at least every two years, even if you don’t wear glasses. It sometimes detects other underlying health problems.

Blueberries benefit the eyes by providing vitamins A, C & E, plus zinc & anthocyanins
Blueberries benefit the eyes by providing vitamins A, C & E, plus zinc & anthocyanins

Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, so that you have some protection from free radicals and oxidants which it is thought may contribute to the development of age-related macular degeneration. Try to get plenty of vitamins A, C, & E, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, plus lutein and zeaxanthin. Useful foods would be kale, red or orange peppers, spinach, lettuce, leek, broccoli, peas, sweetcorn, parsley, salmon and eggs.

Try to reduce screen time. When you are on screen, increase your blinking to help lubricate the eyes, and regularly look into the distance eg out of a window,  to allow them to relax. Take regular exercise, and move around during the working day to promote circulation to this highly vascular tissue.

With some conditions such as dry eye, recurrent conjunctivitis and blepharitis, there is much useful lifestyle and self-care advice that I can suggest to you. It is important that you follow these recommendations if acupuncture is to provide relief.

Below you can read the results of some of the research which has been undertaken into acupuncture for the eyes. You will not find research on every possible eye complaint, so do not be disappointed if yours is not there. You are always welcome to give me a call and discuss things.

The trials vary in quality, but systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials are generally considered to provide the highest quality evidence. If you would like to read more about evidence quality, I would refer you to the British Acupuncture Council’s description of the evidence pyramid.