Acupuncture "may treat lazy eye"

Acupuncture "may treat lazy eye"

Acupuncture may be an effective means of treating the condition known as lazy eye, a new study has suggested.

Research carried out by experts at the Joint Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong found that acupuncture is an effective alternative to wearing a patch in the treatment of lazy eye, which has the medical name amblyopia.

A study by experts from the facilities measured the effectiveness of patching and acupuncture in two groups of children aged between seven and 12 years over a period of 15 weeks.

It found that lazy eye cases were fully resolved in 16.7 per cent of those with patched eyes and 41.5 per cent of those who underwent acupuncture.

"The findings from this report indicate that the treatment effect of acupuncture for amblyopia is equivalent to the treatment effect of patching for amblyopia," the study authors noted.

In other research, a recent study at the University of Manchester into the process of how people perceive light of varying brightness may eventually lead to new therapies for those with advanced retinal disease or even blindness.

by Emily Tait

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