Acupuncture for Degenerative Eye Diseases in Tampa, FL

We regularly see 1-2 lines of improvement on Near Vision (reading test) & Improved Visual Fields.

We help Macular degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt’s disease, Glaucoma, and many problems the retina and Optic Nerve.

Eye Conditions That We Commonly See

  • Macular Degeneration

  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

  • Stargardt's Disease

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Rod Cone Dystrophy

  • Glaucoma

  • And many other diseases affecting the retina and optic nerve

How Does Acupuncture Help To Improve Vision?


MicroAcupuncture & AcuNova help:

  • Restore blood flow to damaged retinal cells
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Wake up dormant retinal cells
  • Reduce oxidative stress

This allows those cells to heal and regenerate.

Acupuncture for degenerative vision conditions is not a cure, but a treatment that helps the eyes to heal from the damage caused by the disease


What Does A Treatment Plan Look Like?

*Special note: No needles are placed in or around the eyes. All of our specialized acupuncture points are located in the hands and feet and treatment is very comfortable.

Degenerative eye conditions require intensive treatment to stabilize and restore vision. Most patients (even those coming from all over the USA) opt to participate in our intensive 4 Day Eye Restoration Program.

We start the week with a visual acuity test and a visual field exam so we have a baseline to compare to after treatment. Treatment is performed multiple times a day (we’ve found 4 a day to be the magic to make a huge change in a short period of time) Monday – Thursday. 
We end the week with a post treatment visual acuity and visual field exam to see how much progress you made.

If you are local to Tampa, FL we generally will perform treatment 1 to 2 times a week so you don’t have to come into the office daily and find the results are just as great as our intensive 4 day program.

Depending on the progression of your eye condition, patients will require follow up treatment to maintain the progress we made.

Note: When we perform 4 treatments a day, each treatment is approximately 20 minutes and it takes ~ 2 hours to complete the series of 4 treatments a day.

*If you’d like to speak with the doctor to get a better understanding of what a treatment plan would look like for your specific condition please schedule a Free 15 Minute Phone Call by clicking the button below or by calling the office at 813-534-0311.


Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture for Eye and Vision Conditions

Yes, we use a comination of  the MicroAcupuncture systems that were pioneered by Per Otte and Freddy Dahlgren along with newer more advanced techniques called AcuNova. These systems are all based on the ECIWO acupuncture system pioneered by Dr. Zhang, MD out of China. Dr. Hanson, DACM has been able to study with the pioneers of this system to take each of the best parts and further develop the system to make it more effective.

80% of patients notice their vision seem brighter, objects are clearer, and/or their visual field is increasing.

The specific styles of Acupuncture we use does 2 things.

1) Stimulates your optic cells and wakes up dormant retinal cells. 

2) Increase blood circulation to the eye. 

By increasing circulation to these much needed eye vessels, this will in turn bring oxygen-rich blood to diseased cells.  As the blood begins to nourish the cells, it has the added benefit of decreasing inflammation and reducing oxidative stress.

I wish it was possible to help ever single person with vision problems but that is unrealistic. I have found that 80% of patients respond to treatment and receive significant positive benefits.


We test your visual acuity and visual fields before and after treatment.

The earlier you are in the progression of your eye condition, the more quickly we can make changes. I have treated countless patients with late stage progression of macular degeneration with positive results, it just takes more treatment and a longer time period for those changes to occur.

Like most doctors, your eye doctor is just extremely busy and acupuncture is generally so far outside of their scope of practice that they don’t even know it’s a possible and effective treatment. It’s not their fault, they just don’t get educated on tools like acupuncture during their training.

No! The good news is we will NEVER have to put needles in your eye. Generally we are using specific and special acupuncture points that are located on your hands and feet. 

This really depends on what condition is affecting your vision and where you are at in the progression of your condition.
Most people can expect to need at least a 4 day intensive program to begin their journey to healing and regenerating their vision. If you are traveling from out of town this is the best option to make lasting changes quickly. If you are local to Tampa, we can do 1-2 intense treatment days a week for a series of 4 to 8 weeks. 
*Treatments last about 20 minutes and it takes ~ 2 hours to complete the 4 treatment intensive program a day.

Meet Your Doctor

Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM is a well known figure in the field of integrative medicine with a specialization in MicroAcupuncture & AcuNova – two specialized acupuncture protocols for Eye Conditions. He has worked with people from all over the USA to help them gain some of their lost vision. As one of the very few Acupuncturist trained in these systems for eye conditions in America, people travel from all over the country to help restore some of their lost vision.

Career Highlights

  • 10 years clinical experience
  • Specialized training in Opthalmic Acupuncture including: MicroAcupuncture, AcuNova and the original ECIWO system of eye acupuncture.
  • Performed 30,000+ procedures

Our clinic Hanson Complete Wellness is located at 1202 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

Hotels Near By

  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Tampa Central – 3826 W Waters Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33614
    • Phone – (813) 490-9090
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton – 3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
    • Phone (813) 977-7066
  • Holiday Inn & Suites – 11310 N 30th St, Tampa, FL 33612
    • Phone: 813-936-8200
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