I am 37 years old and was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease almost five years ago. I am a single mom with two small children. I was told by doctors that I would probably be “legally blind” within one or two years from the time of diagnosis. I still am not “legally blind” and am able to drive. I battle the growing blind spots. I have been to see several specialist and have done as much research as I can to find out everything possible about Stargardt’s. From medical treatments to alternatives including micro current stimulation, homeopathic, nutritional, etc, I have tried everything I can get my hands on. The most successful treatment I have found is called Micro Acupuncture. There are not many practitioners in the United States but I have had the good fortune to work with two of them. The first was Andy Rosenfarb in Westfield, NJ. The second was Gail Brent in San Diego, CA. While Micro Acupuncture has been proven to be more successful for AMD, it still benefits my Stargardt’s. The first time I did Micro Acupuncture, I did 20 treatments in two weeks. It was a lot at once but I did see some reversal of my blind spots and my vision was A LOT clearer. I then went for spurts of treatments. I am sure that it stopped the degeneration when I was actively getting treatments. I then moved out to California and saw Gail Brent several times over a month. Again, I saw my blind spots grow smaller and my vision become clearer.
Micro Acupunture is a stronger form of acupuncture. The needles are used in your feet, hands and across your forehead. Gail Brent also added her healing to each treatment with a more personal touch knowing that the mind and body work together to heal. Different approaches but all good. I would encourage anyone looking for help with Stargardt’s to contact a Micro Acupuncture practitioner and discuss the possibility of them assisting you. Everyone is different, what may work for me might not work for someone else but I am looking to try everything to get my sight back. I only wish there were more practitioners. I still live in California but I am ten hours away from the San Diego Center which makes it difficult for regular treatments. If and when I can, I go to get more treatments. It is well worth the trip. You can find out more information about Micro Acupuncture at www.microacupuncture.com . I hope this information is helpful.