Optic Neuritis

What is Optic Neuritis ?

Optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve, that usually affects only one eye at the time. 

Optic Neuritis most often occurs between the ages of 20 to 50 and is three times more frequent in women. In adults it affects only one eye in most cases, but in children it can affect both simultaneously.

In most cases, there is no other concealed disease, and the neuritis usually goes away within a few weeks or months, especially with integrative treatment. 

However, optic neuritis can be a sign of other diseases. It is very closely related to multiple sclerosis (MS). This condition causes nerves all around the body to swell, and researchers have found that about a third of people with MS only find out they have the condition when they develop optic neuritis.

Optic neuritis can also be caused by other factors such as :

  • Infections: Lyme disease, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, and bacterial invasions such as tuberculosis.

  • Viruses: measles, herpes, mumps ...

  • Autoimmune conditions: lupus, Crohn's disease, Wegener granulomatous vasculitis

  • Medications: some antibiotics and the drug quinine can cause swelling in the optic nerve.

Symptoms

  • sudden loss of vision (first in the center then progressively to the periphery)

  • vision appears less bright and less sharp

  • colors may appear faded

  • possible pain while moving the eyes or focussing

The diagnosis of optic neuritis is performed through an eye exam as well as a neurological examination. The doctors need to identify potential underlying causes such as multiple sclerosis or other autoimmune conditions. The diagnosis requires imaging (often times a brain scan) along with the in depth eye exam.

What is the prognosis for Optic Neuritis?

 

The visual loss caused by Optic Neuritis usually gets worse for  a week to 10 days, then gradually begins to improve for a period from 1 to 3 months. Most patients with Optic Neuritis generally recover 20/20 (normal) visual acuity.

 

For patients whose Optic Neuritis caused a drop to 20/60 or worse, there is a higher risk of lasting vision loss. For some patients who have recovered to normal acuity (who can read the eye chart), there may still be some changes such as worse depth perception, or duller colors. Acupuncture and integrative treatments can slowly help you with these sequelae.

What can taproot do for optic neuritis ?

 

Taproot offers integrative  solutions including acupuncture, lifestyle recommendations, supplements and herbal remedies.

Acupuncture has the ability to improve the visual function and the conductivity of optic nerve of the affected eye, and can restore proper blood flow to the affected area. 

 

 Acupuncture has also been shown to help slow down the progress of multiple sclerosis and the damage it causes to the myelin sheath of nerves in general, including the optic nerve.

The sooner the acupuncture treatment begins the better. Acupuncture can reduce pain and inflammation, accelerate recovery, and address the root cause of your condition.

Your treatment plan to improve vision & eye health ​​

  • Prior to treatment,  we recommend that you receive testing from your local eye doctor to establish a baseline. We might conduct a series of vision tests (central acuity near and far, visual field, contrast and color vision) to establish a baseline. 

  • Bring your report of findings to the initial consultation and assessment

  • Therapy might include acupuncture,  electro-acupuncture or micro current therapy (see below).

  • Receive a customized plan for diet, exercise, vitamins & supplements, herbal formulas, breathing exercises and eye exercises to improve maintenance while at home.

  • Reassess your vision after your treatments with your ophthalmologist.

 

Maintenance and continued treatments are possible if the patient showed an obvious positive response. Maintenance treatments can be offered monthly or seasonally, depending on your needs. ​

 

And of course, no needle ever goes into the eye.

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Acupuncture

for the eyes

Acupuncture is the use of very thin, sterile needles that are inserted into specific points on the body, face and ears to promote circulation  and blood flow in and around the eyes, promoting eye cell metabolism and detoxification. Acupuncture is painless and has almost no side effects.

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Chinese herbal

formulas

Each herbal formula is a unique combination of Chinese herbs specifically designed to address you as a whole : your body type,  medical history and specific

eye condition. 

You will go home with your own mix of granules to drink daily, during treatment and maintenance phase. Research shows promising results for eye health using herbs alongside acupuncture.

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E-stim

Electro-acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture or

e-stim combines acupuncture needles with low-level electricity. It increases stimulation to key points around the eyes.

Eye conditions that respond favorably to e-stim include RP, dry AMD, optic atrophy, retinal occlusions, normal tension glaucoma and lazy eye.

Grapefruit and Vitamins

Nutrition

& supplements

For nourishing your eyes from the inside, we will recommend a targeted plan of carefully chosen vitamins and minerals, and discuss best food options to optimize ocular function.

All our recommendations focus on anti-oxydants, enzymes, or 

phytonutrients that have been thoroughly researched for your eye condition.

Micro-current

for the eyes

Electrical stimulation has a long history in ophthalmology and was thought to be beneficial as early as 1873. It works by administering external electric impulses to the region around the eyes and triggers brain neuroplasticity.

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Breathing, Yoga

& eye exercises

Eye exercises have been around for thousands of years in the Chinese culture.

Daily eye exercises help

 promote better flow of blood, oxygen and energy through the eyes.   

There are many muscles in the eyes that control how well we see, and they are trainable like any other muscle in the body to become stronger and more flexible.