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I have had extremely painful eyes for 3 1/12 years, the specialists say due to dry eye, blepharitis and MGD. I get puffy eyelids and painful eyes 24/7. Is this something acupuncture can help?

While some studies

 

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21138389

 

seemed to give encouraging results, the most recent systematic review of trials of acupuncture for dry eye syndrome are not very conclusive.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20337604

 

However, for a number of reasons, the structure of trials are not well suited to the daily practice of acupuncture. The symptoms which you are experiencing have been described in Chinese medical literature for hundreds of years, and treatment protocols to deal with them have been used for a similar length of time. Whether these are appropriate for your specific would be a judgement which would have to be made by a practitioner able to assess your overall diagnostic signs. The fact that you have had the condition for a long time may have a bearing on how easy it is to treat, however.

 

Your best course of action would be to consult one of our members local to you to obtain an assessment of whether they think acupuncture would be appropriate. If you did decide to have treatment we would recommend that clear outcomes and regular reviews of progress are essential.

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