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Acupuncture Therapy May Cure Lazy Eye In Older Children, Researchers Say

December 17, 2010 by  

Acupuncture therapy may cure lazy eye in older children, researchers sayAmblyopia is a vision problem that affects millions of children all over the world. Many affected adolescents are self-conscious because of the physical abnormalities associated with some cases, while others may suffer in school because of their vision impairments.

However, researchers have discovered that acupuncture treatment could potentially treat lazy eye in some older children. According to a report in the December issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, a study conducted by medical experts in China revealed that the alternative treatment may help children who have amblyopia, which is the loss of one eye's ability to see details.

The study involved 88 children who had lazy eye — 43 were assigned to acupuncture treatment five times per week and 45 received occlusion therapy, in which one eye was patched for two hours per day. Amblyopia was considered resolved in 41.5 percent of the eyes in the acupuncture group, compared to 16.7 percent in the patched group. After 15 weeks of treatment, children who had acupuncture treatment improved their acuity by an average of 2.3 lines in the vision test.

The authors of the report stated that successful treatment of lazy eye may hinge on the specific acupoints — parts of the body where needles are inserted — used during treatment.

The report revealed that up to 5 percent of individuals worldwide have amblyopia. 

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