Acupuncture for Lazy Eye

Acupuncture for Lazy Eye

What is Lazy Eye?

Lazy eye, technically called amblyopia, is when one of your eyes wanders in different directions to your other eye.  This may be due to poor vision in one eye and as a result your brain may favour your good eye.  Lazy eye can cause vision problems like loss of depth perception, and commonly affects children.  In fact, it’s the leading cause of impaired vision in this age group.  Keep reading to find out how acupuncture can treat lazy eye effectively!

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Acupuncture Technique:

Acupuncture is a treatment technique that has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  When you get acupuncture treatment, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will insert very fine needles into specifically selected sites on your body called acupoints.  By stimulating certain acupoints, your practitioner can access energy meridians in your body, thereby adjusting underlying imbalances.  Once these underlying health issues have been healed, your symptoms such as lazy eye will automatically be relieved.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Lazy Eye?

Chinese Medicine practitioners can use acupuncture to treat lazy eye in many ways.  The exact method used will depend on the underlying cause of your condition.  In Chinese Medicine, health conditions often arise due to imbalances between our vital organs.  To find out the underlying imbalance that’s causing your condition, your practitioner will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and may take your pulse or observe your tongue.  In this way they can determine what the cause of your condition is, and then prescribe an individualised treatment plan for you.

Acupuncture for Lazy Eye

Treating Lazy Eye: Acupuncture for the Liver

The liver is a very important organ in your body.  It controls the function of detoxification, and works in harmony with the gallbladder to maintain your joints, nerves, and tendons, as well as your eyes.  This means that any conditions related to the eyes may be caused by a liver imbalance.  Similarly, if your lazy eye symptoms are due to a weak or damaged nerve, strengthening the liver through acupuncture can also help.

Lazy Eye from Muscle Imbalance (Strabismus Amblyopia):

Lazy eye is often caused by an imbalance between the muscles that position your eyes.  This prevents your eyes from working together and can lead to one eye turning inwards or outwards.  In Chinese Medicine, your muscles are maintained by the stomach and spleen, which also control the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food.  Acupuncture can be very effective at improving muscle imbalances, through balancing the spleen and stomach as well as improving circulation and blood flow to muscles.

Increased Risk of Lazy Eye due to Premature Birth or Small Size at Birth:

Most lazy eye cases develop in children between birth and the age of seven.  However, babies who are born very small or prematurely may have a higher risk of developing lazy eye.  The kidneys are important organs when it comes to conditions related to birth issues.  According to Chinese Medicine, the kidneys store the original energy and resources that the child receives from the parents.  Therefore, healing your kidneys may be an important part of treating lazy eye.

Balancing the kidneys will simultaneously help to treat lazy eye by nourishing the brain.  This is because the kidneys play an important role in maintaining brain functioning in Chinese Medicine.  When you experience lazy eye symptoms, your brain often interprets information from your eyes incorrectly.  For example, if one of your eyes has poorer vision than the other eye, your brain may start to ignore information from the weaker eye.  So nourishing the brain through balancing kidney function may also help to treat lazy eye.

Acupuncture for Lazy Eye

Is Acupuncture Effective at Treating Lazy Eye?

You may be thinking, “OK, the Chinese Medicine makes sense theoretically, but does it actually work?”  You’ll be pleased to learn the acupuncture has been scientifically proven to be effective at treating eye problems like lazy eye.  One study found that, “The total effective rate of acupuncture for amblyopia was significantly superior to conventional treatment, indicating that acupuncture was a promising treatment for amblyopia.”  As well as typical acupuncture treatment, another type of acupuncture called auricular acupuncture (involving acupoints on the ear), can also help to treat lazy eye.  Researchers found that, “Auricular point sticking therapy can obviously improve child visual acuity with simple manipulation.”


Overall, lazy eye may occur due to poor vision in one eye, and the brain disregarding information from the weaker eye.  Many underlying factors may be contributing to lazy eye symptoms, including the eye, eye muscles, nerves that send visual information to the brain, and the brain itself.  Acupuncture can help to heal lazy eye by addressing the specific cause of your symptoms and balancing the organs that are responsible for your symptoms.

If you suffer from eye problems such as lazy eye, come along to our clinic Centre of Balance!  Our team of qualified professionals will be delighted to help you. 

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