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Kenneth S. Shaw, Kraig S. Bower, Michael J. Mines, Denise S. Ryan, Rose K. Sia, Aaron K. Tarbett, Stephen Burns, Richard Niemtzow; Does Acupuncture Treatment Benefit Dry Eye?. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2011;52(14):3839.
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To determine if there are objective beneficial effects of acupuncture treatment versus sham acupuncture on dry eyes, as measured by some of the most widely-used clinical indicators in the literature.
Seventeen volunteers (8 real, 9 sham) were enrolled in a prospective, randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study. Each subject underwent acupuncture in two treatment sessions separated by 24 hours. The following outcome measures were assessed pre-acupuncture and at 1 week, 1, 3, and 6 months post-acupuncture: Questionnaires- McMonnies and Ocular surface disease index (OSDI), Schirmer’s test (ST) with and without anesthesia, fluorescein tear break up time (TBUT), lissamine green staining (LG) and corneal surface regularity index (SRI). One eye was randomly selected for data analysis. Data was presented as median values ± standard deviation and the Mann-Whitney test was used to compare real to sham. A p-value of <0.05 was considered significant.
The median age in the real group (7 females, 1 male) was 49.0±8.5 years(y) and the sham group (8 females, 1 male) was 55.0±8.5y. Clinical indicators of dry eye are presented in Table 1.
In this small cohort study, there was no significant improvement in the measured clinical indicators of dry eye after acupuncture treatment.
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