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J. Nepp, L. Linzmayer, K. Jandrasits, G. Schild, J. Schauersberger, S. Richter–Müksch, A. Wedrich; Dry Eyes Syndrome: Psychovegetative Complaints Influenced by Acupuncture . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):2042.
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Purpose: This study was performed to evaluate if acupuncture reduce the psychovegeative tension of patients with dry eye syndromes. Methods: In a randomized double blind study patients with dry eyes were observed. The tension of the sympathetic system was measured by skin contact level, and habituation, and the pupillary diameter by a TV pupillometer 1050 (whittaker cooperation). Evaluation of mood and the psychic condition was by means of the Zerssen patient self–rating questionnaire. The tear film was evaluated by slit lamp, Schirmer test(I), break up time and Rosa Bengal staining. Laser acupuncture and sham–laser were carried out double blind randomized for 10 weeks. The paired t–test served for statistic analysis. Results: 50 patients were observed. After acupuncture with the laser the diameter of the pupil reduced 1,2 average, 0,1 mm in the sham–laser–group. Perspiration reduced and skin tension values improved from 42,2 to 48 after laser and 37,1 to 37,8 after sham–laser. The emotional well–being improved with a statistically significant difference between the first and second measurement in the examinations of both groups. The parameters of dry eyes improved after laser, the difference was significant (p<0,05). Rosa–Bengal–staining and Schirmer tests however, produced no statistically significant difference. Conclusions: The elevated psychovegetative tension in dry eyes syndrome lowered after acupuncture, which is well known as a relaxing method.
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