- Macular Degeneration
- Retinosa Pigmentosa
- Stagardt’s Disease
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Dry Eyes
What is Macular Degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when a part of your retina called the macula becomes damaged. With macular degeneration, you lose central vision over time. Loss of details and fine vision diminishes in both far away and close sight.
This is the most common form. About 8 out of 10 of people who have AMD have the dry type. In dry AMD parts of the macula become thinner and tiny protein clumps called drusen grow. You slowly lose central vision.
This is less common but more serious. Wet AMD occurs when blood vessels grow under the retina. These blood vessels leak fluids, causing macula scarring. Vision loss is faster with wet AMD than with dry AMD
Who Is at Higher Risk for AMD?
You are more likely to develop AMD if you:
• Have high cholesterol
• Are overweight
• Smoke cigarettes
• Are over 50 years old
• Have a family history of AMD
• Have a history of heart disease
• Are Caucasian (white)
What is RetinosaPigmentosa?
RetinosaPigmentosa is a genetic disorder causing loss of vision.
Symptoms include decreased peripheral vision and difficulty seeing at night.
As symptoms increase, tunnel vision may occur, although total vision loss is uncommon.
The cause is the loss of rod photoreceptor cells in the back of the eye and light sensitivity.
This disorder is generally a genetic mutation passed on from your parents.
Onset may be in either childhood or adulthood.
Western medicine currently has no treatment for retinitis pigmentosa.
What is Stargardt’s Disease?
Stargardt’s disease is an inherited disorder of the retina.
This disorder causes slow progressive vision loss over time to 20/200.
It is one of several disorders that cause macular degeneration.
Symptoms include a slow loss of central vision with black and gray spots in the vision center. Some loss of peripheral vision may occur with time.
Western medicine currently has no treatment for Stargardt’s disease.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve of the eye.
It occurs when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye.
The increase in fluid pressure damages the optic nerve.
There are two types, angle closure and primary open angle glaucoma.
The primary open angle is the most common cause.
It happens when the eye fluid doesn’t drain properly, like a clogged drain.
The result is a build-up of eye fluid and pressure damaging the retina.
Symptoms include vision loss, red eyes, eye pain, and tunnel vision.
Western medicine treatments include eye drops or laser surgery.
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension or high blood pressure is the force of blood exerted against the walls of the blood vessels.
Most medical guidelines suggest that hypertension is defined as being higher than 130/80 mmHg.
Hypertension is dangerous, as it can lead to heart disease, aneurysm, stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, eye retinopathies. Hypertension and heart disease are global.
Primary hypertension can result from many factors, including blood plasma volume, hormonal dysregulation and inflammation. Other key factors are stress, diet and lack of exercise.
Western medical treatment for hypertension is usually medication, ACE inhibitors, ARBS, beta blockers and diuretics.
Current research shows that acupuncture treatments may support high blood pressure making improvements in inflammatory responses, stress, and hormonal balancing.