For the past
several years, I've watched my mother lose the sight in her right eye
due to glaucoma. When her condition was diagnosed, she chose the traditional
medical treatment, which was to use eyedrops in her eye (at one point
she was using 4 different kinds), and having surgery on her eye (she has
undergone three different surgeries). A portion of her sight has been
saved, but the process has been tedious, painful, and extremely stressful.
see why I panicked when I discovered that the pressure in my right eye
was beginning to increase. Over a period of 13 months, it went from 18
to 21 to 22 to 23 to 24 to 25. When it reached 25, I decided I needed
to do something. I did not want to go with the traditional treatment that
my mother had.
years ago, I had acupuncture treatments so that I could more comfortably
wear my contact lenses. My eyes were dry, and somehow the acupuncture
made them "wet" enough for me to wear my contacts. But when
that doctor retired, I stopped having acupuncture (and had to stop wearing
my eye pressure a concern, I decided to find someone who practiced Chinese
acupuncture. I interviewed several doctors before deciding to see Dr.
appointment with Dr. Shaw was in November of 1999. The pressure in my
right eye was at its highest - 25. I began seeing her on a regular basis
- every two weeks - and drinking a Chinese herbal tea which she recommended.
The pressure in my right eye immediately dropped to 24. By March, five
months later, it had fallen to 19.
I now see
Dr. Shaw once a month. The treatments are not painful. They are not invasive.
There are no side effects. (Unless you want to consider having a wonderful
sense of well being a side effect.) I look forward to my appointments
because I know I'm doing something incredibly positive for myself. I intend
to continue my treatments with Dr. Shaw to keep the pressure in my right
eye within normal range. I'm thrilled with the results I've received with
this therapy and would encourage anyone with similar eye problems to my
own to consider discussing it with Dr. Shaw.