Clinical study on acupuncture for quality of life in patients with age-related macular degeneration



To observe the effect of acupuncture on the quality of life in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).


A total of 47 dry AMD cases (94 eyes) were randomly allocated into three groups, 22 cases (44 eyes) in the acupuncture group, 15 cases (30 eyes) in the Western medicine group and 10 cases (20 eyes) in the control group. Cases in the acupuncture group were treated with acupuncture, cases in the Western medicine group with vitamin C and E and cases in the control group received no treatment except for out-patient follow-up.


Acupuncture could significantly improve eye symptoms of dry AMD cases including blurred vision, drastic decrease in visual acuity, distorted vision, central scotomas, visual fatigue and dry eyes as well as other systemic symptoms related to macular degeneration.


Acupuncture can substantially improve the quality of life in patients with dry AMD.

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Xia, Y., Liu, R., Sun, Jj. et al. Clinical study on acupuncture for quality of life in patients with age-related macular degeneration. J. Acupunct. Tuina. Sci. 11, 358–362 (2013).

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Key Words

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Quality of Life