Alternative Treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration

by Maggie
(Sunrise, Florida)

At age 75, in May of 2009, I was dignosed with AMD in my right eye. My eye doctor showed me a scan that indicated a thinning of the macula and a distortion of the inner layer.

What I SAW happening to my right eye vision was: a reduced image, wavy lines, and some blocked central vision in my right eye.

"Friends" told me that I'd better learn braille as I will go blind for sure. I did not accept this prognosis. I searched the internet to find alternatives AND a physician who would agree to treat me. I found both.

On June 22, 2009, I began accupuncture and microcurrent therapy on both eyes. I also researched supplements to take and started that also. The main supplement that I use is "Macular Health Formula" produced by Eyescience.

I add omega-3, more lutein and zeaxanthin. I also try to follow a diet of rich fruits and vegetables along with walnuts and other nuts. I was treated twice weekly, took the supplements "religiously," and gradually found my right eye vision changing.

I could read small print, telephone poles became straight, wavy lines on a grid were greatly reduced. On August 11, 2009, my eye doctor repeated the scans and was pleased to see changes. The thickness of the macula in the right eye was just about normal. The irregular inner layer was straighter. The doctor said WOW, keep it up and let me follow the progress. Come back in six weeks.

Now, I receive accupuncture treatments twice a month and I treat myself with a home microcurrent unit my alternative med. doctor allowed me to purchase. This treatment is not approved by the FDA yet but efforts are being made to have this done soon.

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Sep 18, 2012
More Knowledgeable People in Northern Colorado
by: Darlene

Is there anyone in the Northern Colorado area who
has an alternative treatment that is helping the situation?

Is there a problem with having cataract
surgery and then doing electrical stim - I doubt if acupuncture would be a problem but then, would the treatment be as effective? Please advise ASAP!!!

We need to know where to take our search immediately. Time is wasting.

Thank you so much!


Hi Darlene,

Try giving Dr. Grossman a call. He is in the north east but I will do a phone consult. He treats macular degeneration with microcurrent stimulation and acupuncture.

His phone number is on the bottom of this page:

Kind Regards,


Jul 10, 2010
Question for Maggie.
by: rosalie

Dear Maggie,
It was wonderful to hear of your success. Would you ask your doctor if he knows anyone in the New York, New Jersey area who can do these types of treatments. I would appreciate that.

Thank you, Rosalie


Hi Rosalie,

Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist.

According to his website,"Since 1980 Dr. Grossman has helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is best described as a Holistic Eye Doctor, dedicated to helping people with such conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases as macular degeneration and glaucoma."

To find out more about his practice click here:

Macular Degeneration Products

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Aug 20, 2009
Barbara, Try This.
by: Anonymous

Barbara, what I did was to talk with dozens of accupuncturists and ask if they did microcurrent therapy for AMD.

ALL said NO except for one man who runs a clinic dealing with multicare alternative techniques like, accupuncture, electrical stim, chiropractic work, and homeopathics.

A friend gave me a book which offered these ideas so I followed through. I don't know where you live, but if you were in south Florida, I could give you his name and phone number. TRY electrical stimulation. I can find NO dangers in this process.

My doctor had not used electrical stim for vision so he researched this, got the instrument and began work on me. He is as thrilled as I am at the results. NO CURE but a great help right now at this time. Let me know what you decide. Maggie

Aug 18, 2009
Barbara, you are right
by: Maggie

Barbara, the alternative treatment doctor did see the August scans, sent them to a New York doctor and will write a research paper to post on the net. You are correct, tho'. Many, if not most doctors believe their medical training is god-like, Accupuncture is like some sort of strange unmedical no-no altho' it has been around for thousands of years. Electrical stimulation has been used for decades to control pain and to stimulate muscles. I know this is not a cure and things can change suddenly but I am very encouraged at this time and refuse to sit in a chair waiting to go blind. Affirmative, positive action is needed especially as we age. Thank you for your interest.

Aug 18, 2009
Reversing Macular Degeneration
by: Anonymous

Well that is fantastic to hear that results can be reversed. You have done a great job.
It seems it is left to the 'sufferers' to try and find a remedy for macular degeneration, unless we are lucky enough to find a professional with a different and fresher outlook.
I would be interested to know if this specialist had seen the effects of macular degeneration reversed previously, or were you a 'trial'?!
I cannot fathom the attitude of the bulk of the medical profession with attitudes like "We are all going to get something as we get older".
I find this attitude (from my optometrist) quite insulting, and also naive - to assume that it is not even worth trying to improve the condition. What harm can it possibly do to try?
As I have been diagnosed with two small drusen in one eye and one small in the other, I wonder if there is any more I can do at this stage besides the lifestyle changes I have made: diet, (lots of antioxidants),supplements (inc. zeax. and lutein) exercise, and trying to lose some weight? If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
On my last visit to the eye specialist I was told to return for my next in one year. I have made an appointment in six months, as I want to monitor the condition of my eyes more carefully than this.
I don't quite know how to go about finding a specialist who has a particular interest in macular degeneration, but hopefully I can find someone.
Anyway, congratulations! It must be very satisfying for you.

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