Ophthalmological Acupuncture can improve vision, and restore independence

Dr. Deb Bilak D.A.O.M is part of an exclusive group of Oriental medical professionals that treat vision impairment and degenerative disease. She is one of the first—and few—Ophthalmological Acupuncturists to obtain the C.MA48 certification (Micro Acupuncture/Needling) in the United States. Dr. Deb has seen first-hand how effectively ophthalmologic acupuncture can treat a variety of vision impairments, and is passionate about helping clients get their lives back through improving their vision with these specialized techniques.

Acupuncture offers hope to the vision-impaired

If you or someone you love is suffering from a degenerative eye disease, you understand the hopelessness that often comes with this loss. Many of these eye conditions cannot be successfully treated through surgery or medication, leaving sufferers in a place of hopelessness, often with continued visual deterioration. Our unique eye therapy technique, which combines Chinese medical ophthalmology and eye acupuncture therapies, has been used for thousands of years to help improve vision when vision loss seemed irreversible and untreatable.

Will you be placing needles directly in my eyeball?

No. There will be no needles in the actual eyeball. As mentioned above, there are acupuncture points that surround the eye that we may use, depending on your specific treatment plan. Generally speaking, most of the points we use will be on your hands and feet.

Some of the eye conditions we treat include:

  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Stargardt’s Syndrome
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Optic Nerve Atrophy
  • Usher Syndrome
  • Dry Eye

How Does Acupuncture Help Vision?

Simply put, acupuncture can improve vision the same way it improves many other ailments. Vision degeneration is often caused by a number of imbalances in the body. Acupuncture is used to address these imbalances, increase blood flow to the eyes, wake up sleeping cells, and ultimately help improve vision.

The role of muscles and nerves in vision

Of the more than 400 acupuncture points on the body, there are 18 that surround the eyes. Using specialized acupuncture techniques, these points are treated, increasing the circulation of the blood and stimulating the muscles and nerves that control the eyes. There are six muscles around the eye, and one inside the eye. Each plays a role in creating optimal vision. When some of these muscles are too tight or too loose, vision problems can arise. Acupuncture techniques are applied to help restore the muscles to proper function, which will ultimately help improve vision. Nerve deficiencies that result in vision degeneration are also addressed through ophthalmologic acupuncture.

The role of organs in vision

Many Chinese medical professionals have found a connection between the liver meridian and vision impairments. The liver is the primary energy flow that supports healthy vision. The main organ meridians that can affect vision are:
  • The liver: cornea, iris and retina
  • The kidneys: pupils and retina
  • The heart: veins and arteries involved in vision
  • The lungs: the sclera (the whites of the eye)
  • The stomach: the bottom eyelid
  • The spleen: the top eyelid
Depending on the nature of the visual impairment, one or several meridians can be addressed. Acupuncture techniques are used to restore balance between these meridians, helping improve vision function.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of treatments varies from person to person, but you should see improvement after the first round of treatment. We will discuss this more at your initial consultation, where I can address your individual needs and concerns.