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Acupuncture could help children with amblyopia

Amblyopia (otherwise known as lazy eye) in children is commonly treated using corrective lenses or the age old remedy of periodically putting a patch over the other eye. However, this method doesn’t seem to work for all children, but experts believe acupuncture might offer an alternative option.

A recent study involving 88 children aged between 7 and 12 years old with amblyopia were assigned to one of two different treatment groups.

Children in the first group wore a felt patch over their ‘good’ eye for two hours each day and spent at least one of these hours reading, working on a computer or exercising the other eye.

Children in the second group were given acupuncture treatments five days a week and also did eye exercises for an hour each day.

The acupuncture was administered in five places the top of the head, near the nose end of the eyebrow, in the temple, on the hand and on the ankle.

After around three months of treatment, lazy eye was considered ‘resolved’ in 42 per cent of those given acupuncture, compared to just 17 per cent of those who wore a patch. Additionally, both groups saw an improvement in their vision, 76 per cent in the acupuncture group and 67 per cent of those who had worn a patch could read two more lines on an eye-test chart.

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Written by Emma Hilton

Written by Emma Hilton

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