What you should do: Read through the following page to gain a very basic understanding of acupressure and how it can help you. When/if you’re ready, you can proceed to the instructions section and give this technique a test drive. The 5 sphere patch is very effective, but not everyone is able to use it due to latex allergies. The 1 sphere patches are compatible with most people, and are available with both tan and clear patches. There is no guarantee the spheres will work for your particular situation, but if the thought of being able to look someone in the eye, or see something more clearly makes you giddy, try them out.
Acupressure is similar to acupuncture in that Qi (pronounced Chee) points are stimulated. Acupressure simply uses pressure instead of needles, and is less widely known. Almost anything can be used to apply the pressure, but commonly, small spheres are used, which in this case may consist of titanium, gold, silver, stainless steel, ear seeds, etc. Both Acupressure and Acupuncture stem from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and they share the same view on the body and its Qi network.
Both of these techniques are useful for treating various symptoms, including nausea, pain, stress, and even depression. Of course there is a major difference between the two, and as the name implies, acupressure stimulates the Qi points using pressure versus needles and electronic pointers for acupuncture. You can also use your hands or a device to apply this pressure. The spheres simply help apply continuous pressure, or can be massaged throughout the day to increase the effects.
Similar to acupuncture, acupressure is useful for reaching the so called meridians within your body. The idea is that meridians, which are life-giving pathways, ensure the different areas of the body work together to keep everything balanced. Personally, I’m a big fan of acupressure simply because it’s even less “invasive” than acupuncture, if acupuncture can be called invasive.
Unfortunately, the medical community, specifically ophthalmologists and optometrists, receive little to no exposure to TCM. As such, they have very few tools outside of “support groups” and surgery for helping those with nystagmus. Personally, all I ever heard was; “it will eventually settle down somewhat when you’re in your 50’s”, and “there really isn’t much that can be done at present.” I’m not sure about your doctor, but the lack of caring or even knowing, has blown my mind once or twice in the past two decades.
Acupressure can help you treat many conditions related to the eyes. Not only that, you can also help relieve many issues that may not fix themselves naturally. Acupressure has been successfully used to treat Myopia (Short-sightedness), Hypermetropia (long sightedness), cataract, glaucoma, presbyopia, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), diploma, color blindness, night blindness and other eye disorders. The key is to correctly utilize the various available pressure points via acupressure.
If you struggle with nystagmus, or have a friend, loved one, acquaintance, etc who does, acupressure therapy might just be a life changing experience for you. It may just provide the visual acuity that many have sought through surgery, without the risk, cost, and downtime. Using the Diopsys Neuro-Optic Vision Assessment (NOVA) device, a direct assessment of the effect of on the entire vision system in congenital nystagmus has shown positive neurological improvements in the function. This was illustrated by variations in the visually evoked potentials (VEP) coinciding with improved, and, sustained visual acuity. In other words, the motion of the nystagmus was decreased, and the electrical activity associated with it in the brain was also been reduced.
Acupressure can be described as a low tech, highly sophisticated approach to helping you control nystagmus where it begins, in your own neurology. There are other neurological conditions that may also cause nystagmus, and acupressure has been shown to help reduce involuntary eye movement that resulted from those as well. Better known individuals such as Louis Dell’Osso and others have reported on the eye stabilizing effect of brief cutaneous stimulation of the face. As such, acupressure applied via 1.2 mm metal balls, paired with the continuous cutaneous stimulation they provide helps reduce ocular movements to improve foveal fixation.
The rather simplistic approach of acupressure is somewhat deceiving. Most people think that to control a problem such as nystagmus, a drastic approach like surgery is required. However, eye surgery only involves the physical aspects of the nystagmus, such as shortening the muscles, or even eliminating some of them. This certainly helps improve vision, but the root of the problem is still present, that is the electrical impulses from the brain to the muscles of the eye. I like to compare it to the broken image stabilization system on a camera. The most simplistic explanation is that acupressure helps control the nystagmus by providing somewhat of a damper on those electrical impulses. In effect, you’re addressing the neurological aspect of the nystagmus instead of just the physical.
Acupressure does not require a prescription, or even a visit to the doctor’s office. However, I would certainly recommend seeing an eye doctor after applying to gauge the effectiveness. Personally, I have had my prescription change as a result of acupressure. In my particular case acupressure isn’t as effective as others because I’m also affected by strabismus, or a slight misalignment of the eyes.