The illness starts usually at a young age and leads to a progressing deterioration of eye-sight, connected with atrophic alterations of retina caused by the accumulation of pigment and blood circulation disorder within retina. The illness may lead to the so-called tunnel vision, which means the preservation of merely central vision, with the loss of peripheral vision. As the academic medicine has no effective therapies at disposal for this condition, patients search for alternative solutions.
In the magazine of Australian Optometric Association – Clinical and Experimental Optometry the findings of piloting research have been published recently, showing the influence of acupuncture on eye-sight of people suffering from retinitis pigmentosa(source)1. Due to the preliminary character of the trial, the research included only 12 patients. The patients revealed measurable substantial improvements in the scope of various parametres, they did not report any adverse effects.
1 Bittner AK, Gould JM, Rosenfarb A, Rozanski C, Dagnelie G “A pilot study of an acupuncture protocol to improve visual function in retinitis pigmentosa patients.” Clin Exp Optom. 2014 May;97(3):240-7. doi: 10.1111/cxo.12117. Epub 2013 Oct 29.