Progressive Eye Problem
by Gabrielle Matthieu, LAc
Gabrielle Mathieu is a Licensed Acupuncturist,
with a graduate degree in Oriental Medicine. She has an
undergraduate degree in medical technology and worked
in hospitals as a lab technician for 12 years before coming
to Oriental Medicine. She integrates both medicines in
her Austin Texas practice.
I need advice! My wife has been on prednisone
and it's being increased and for longer periods of time also to
help fight a constant eye problem. She only has one good effective
eye to start with and even the Docs are worried about how the
eye problem isn't going away and her blood pressure continues
to increase. She was told as a young woman that someday she might
go blind because of her congenital problem in her bad eye. Now
the present situation seems to lend itself to this also. Any advice?
Thanks for your time and expertise!
Dear Mr. Irving,
It's difficult to advise you, as you have not disclosed the nature
of the eye problem. You mention that she has a congenital problem
in one eye, and then also mention her high blood pressure and
increasing problems with the eye.
Certainly, high doses of prednisone do have many side effects,
among them increased risk of osteoporosis and increased risk of
infection. However, unless she has tried other modalities that
show definite improvement, she might want to continue to follow
her doctor's advice.
In the tradition I follow, there are certain acupuncture points
that can be used for very specific functions, such as points to
treat the optic nerve. Since your wife is facing serious consequences
if she does not find an effective treatment for her eye, you might
want to consider e-mailing someone experienced in diseases of
the eye. You could look at this
Although I cannot recommend Dr. Tukam in Arizona personally,
I did receive one anecdotal response that her treatment was effective.
However, as in any commercial transaction, caution is advised.
Best of Luck,