Category Archives: Vision Problems

Acupuncture for pain behind my eyes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, For the past four weeks, I have had nearly constant Pain behind my Eyes, as well as temporal Pain. I have been diagnosed with Microvascular Ischemic White Matter Disease, and was taking NSAID, which didn’t help. My doctor says the only option for me is steroids, but I want to avoid…

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Acupuncture for myopia?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have been refused treatment by an acupuncturist for myopia because at 19 because I am no longer a child. If 19 is too old for treatment, is there a way that myopia can be reduced or eye problems relieved? A: I am surprised that you were refused a treatment. On…

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Eye conditions treated with acupuncture?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can refractive errors, especially myopia or shortsightedness, be cured by acupuncture? A: Acupuncture is effectively used in China for various eye pathologies, including myopia. Treatments only reduce severity of condition and slow the disease’s progress with effects lasting from days to months. Treatment usually includes acupuncture and adjunctive modalities to correct…

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What to do for floaters in vision?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My eyes are very light sensitive and there are always little floaters flashing around when I look at a light surface. What causes this and what can I do to heal my eyes? A: Floaters, as you may call them, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are considered symptoms of blood deficiency….

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Solution for nystagmus?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My son was born with a condition called nystagmus, a pendulum-like jerky motion of the eyes that usually occurs if he’s stressed or tired. Is there any work being done in this area? A: I am not aware of any specific natural research in addressing nystagmus directly. However, most of the…

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Treating eye ailments with acupuncture?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have high eye pressure in both eyes and a macular pucker (inflamed retina) in my right eye. Can you treat such eye ailments with acupuncture and moxabustion? A: Acupuncture and Chinese herbology has a long and successful history of treating eye disorders. I recommend consulting with a licensed acupuncturist/herbalist for…

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Eye problems related to diet?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am having problems with my eyes that get worse when I am under stress or eat certain foods. My eyeballs are red, sore, and sometimes there feels like there is something behind it; my lid and rim are red and swollen. The doctor believes it is ocular rosacea. Can you…

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Protecting eyes from computer damage?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My job requires me to spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. I have heard that this is very damaging to the vision over time. What can I do for protective measures? A: A famous Chinese proverb states that the eyes are the windows of the soul. It…

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Ways to avoid glaucoma?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My mother has glaucoma. Does that mean I will have it too? Is there anything I can do to avoid glaucoma? A: Glaucoma is not hereditary disease although high blood pressure does run in the family and it can predispose one to glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition due to increased pressure…

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Exercises to help strengthen failing eyesight?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Are there any exercises that will help to strengthen failing eyesight? I am farsighted. A: One set of exercises can be found in the “Dao In” exercise program of Master Hua Ching Ni. In it, he explains three moderate exercises to help maintain a healthy eyesight and occulomotor coordination. Additionally, you…

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