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Microacupuncture treats medically diagnosed degenerative diseases of the eyes with acupuncture.
It uses mainly distal points in patient’s hands and feet and there are no needles placed around the eyes for maximum safety!
It was discovered by Dr. Freddy Dahlgren in 1984 in Denmark. Dr. Dahlgren was at first treating various other health conditions but after direct feedback from his patients reporting brighter vision with more detail and clarity he devoted a significant part of his practice to eye disease treatments. Along with Dr. Per Otte OMD they refined these specific acupuncture points on hands and feet that seemed to benefit and improve vision of people affected with eye disease such as macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and in overall generally improving their eyesight.
Later on Dr. Otte moved to the USA where he trained Carmen in 2016.
After returning back to Ireland Carmen passed this knowlege onto her team partner Lukas who is also Chinese medicine practitioner and acupuncturist.
Qurently we are working as a team together offering this therapy in Ireland.
We were both also very fortunate to train with Dr. Dahlgren in 2017 and gain some of his valuable experience.
Typical Microacupuncture session
On the first day we would check your visual acuity for distance and close up.
Then will design individual treatment plan for you.
You will lie comfortably on a bench. Small needles are inserted depending on your condition ( 4 to 7 in your feet and 2 to 3 in your hands ) in your feet and hands only.
The needles are left for about 20 minutes and then removed for the points to recharge. The treatments are repeated in about one hour intervals.
In general about 5 days of treatments are recommended.
On the last day another acuity test will be done to see your improvement.
We highly recommend to patients to get their Vision Field Scan with their doctor before and after the treatments.
What to expect after repeated treatments
Most people notice that their vision becomes clearer after MicroAcupuncture treatments. Some may see smaller letters easier to read on the chart than few days before. Depending on your condition, if you have macular degeneration you may notice better facial recognition or straight lines may become less distorted. People with retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma may see their visual field widening. Some people also noticed better colour perception, lessening of black spots in their vision and other positive outcomes.
Microacupuncture stimulates the blood flow to the eyes, improves healthy circulation and therefore promotes healing of the affected structures
The macula is a tiny oval shaped area in the centre of the retina located in the back of the eye. It contains high concentration of cells known as cone cells. Their high density and specific structure allows seeing objects with fine detail and clarity providing for reading, facial detail recognition or seeing clearly objects on the road while driving.
When damage to the macula progresses central vision becomes affected. Vision clarity starts to diminish and symptoms such as blurriness comes into effect. Straight lines become distorted and common objects in front start looking misshaped or difficult to see.
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a degenerative condition that can be linked in about half of RP patients to family inheritance mostly the parents and can be diagnosed at any age. As it primarily affects rod cells in the retina its onset manifests at first as reduced night vision progressing into gradual loss of peripheral vision leading into limited tunnel vision, thanks to the remaining cone cells within the macula. Eventually even those remaining cells tend to decline escalating into loss of remaining sight.
In diabetic patients high blood sugar can cause blockages and weakening of small blood vessels and capillaries in the retina, reducing oxygen and nutrient supply. When supply becomes limited the retina can not function properly. In order to restore its supply the retina starts to recreate new blood cells. These new cells are build with lack of nourishment and tend to be weaker and more fragile causing bleeding within the eye a condition known as vitreous haemorrhage. If left untreated it can lead to glaucoma or complete loss of vision.
It causes damage to the optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness due to high pressure in the eye. The eye is constantly producing clear fluid called aqueous humour which provides protection to the eye and nourishment to nearby tissues. Any extra fluid is than filtered out through uniquely designed meshwork and fine canal drainage. If imbalance occurs and too much fluid is being produced or drainage system becomes damaged or compromised it may increase intraocular pressure. This will cause retinal cells to die making visual field to narrow and eventually can cause permanent damage to the optical nerve leading to blindness.