Blindness

What is Blindness?

Blindness is when you have difficulty seeing things.  Partial blindness is when you have blurry vision or find it hard to see the shape of objects, while complete blindness is when you can’t see anything at all, even light.  If you are legally blind, it means you can only see something from 20 feet away, which a person with normal vision would be able to see from 200 feet away.  Keep reading to find out more about blindness and how Chinese Medicine can help.

Blindness Symptoms:

If you are completely blind, you won’t be able to see anything at all.  However, if you are only partially blind you might experience symptoms like:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Only seeing shadows
  • Poor vision at night
  • Having trouble seeing shapes
  • Tunnel vision

Sometimes, blindness arises from a young age.  In fact, our visual system begins to develop while we are still inside the womb and is fully formed only after we are two years old.  If you notice any of the following symptoms in your baby, it could indicate eye problems like blindness.

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  • Poor visual tracking or focusing
  • Chronic red eyes
  • Rubbing their eyes very often
  • White pupil
  • Unusual eye alignment or movement beyond 6 months old

If you suddenly lose the ability to see, seek emergency medical attention.  Immediate treatment can help to restore your vision for some eye conditions.

Causes of Blindness:

While most causes of blindness relate to damage or conditions of your eyes, other health problems may also lead to blindness.  For example, having diabetes or a stroke may not directly affect your eyes, but can lead to blindness in some cases.  Otherwise, the main causes of blindness include eye conditions including:

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  • Cataracts – These occur more commonly in older people and cause cloudy vision.
  • Glaucoma – Eye conditions where your optic nerve is damaged.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa – Occurs when your retina is damaged.
  • Amblyopia or Lazy Eye – This condition can lead to vision loss and cause difficulty seeing details.
  • Macular Degeneration – This is more common in older people and involves damage to the part of your eye that allows you to see details.
  • Eye Surgery – Complications of eye surgery may sometimes cause blindness.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals or harsh objects.
  • Birth defects, or problems arising from premature birth.

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

If you’re suffering from blindness, why not come along to Centre of Balance?  At our clinics, our professional, qualified practitioners use natural techniques from Traditional Chinese Medicine, which can help to heal many conditions including blindness.  These gentle techniques include acupuncture, acupressure, and individualised Chinese herbal medicines.

Researchers have found that acupuncture can be an effective and low risk treatment for eye problems like blindness.  One study found that, “Acupuncture entails minimal risk, if administered by a well-trained acupuncturist and may have significant, measurable benefits on residual visual function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa, in particular scotopic sensitivity, which had not previously been studied.

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What makes our treatments special is that they focus on addressing the underlying causes of conditions like blindness.  Often, we experience symptoms due to imbalances within our bodies which we may not even be aware of.  These can range from problems with the flow of blood or qi (energy), imbalances between major organs like the lungs, heart, stomach, and spleen, or even imbalances between elements like heat and cold or Yin and Yang.

These underlying imbalances often lead to groups of symptoms called syndromes.  In your appointment your Chinese Medicine practitioner will diagnose your syndrome based on your individual symptoms and Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.  From there, you’ll be given a unique treatment plan to fully facilitate your recovery.

Conclusion:

Overall, blindness can refer to full blindness where you can’t see anything at all, or partial blindness where you may have trouble seeing things clearly or from a long distance.  Eye conditions like macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and glaucoma can all potentially lead to vision loss.  Chinese Medicine is a great treatment for blindness, as it addresses the underlying cause of your symptoms, while presenting a very low risk of side effects.  So why not come along to Centre of Balance and give it a try?  We’d love to help you recover in any way we can.

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References:

Badii, C. (2019, September 5). What You Need to Know About Blindness. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/blindness

Centre of Balance: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.). Archive for category: Acupuncture for Eye Problems. https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/acupuncture-for-eye-problems/

Centre of Balance: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.).  Would You Like to Experience More Energy, & Less Stress & Pain? https://balancetcm.co.nz/

Bittner, A. K., Gould, J. M., Rosenfarb, A., Rozanski, C., & Dagnelie, G. (2014). A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa patients. Clinical & Experimental Optometry, 97(3), 240–247. https://doi.org/10.1111/cxo.12117