Acupuncture in addition to usual care may improve post-surgical dry eye syndrome, Korean researchers report. A total of 18 patients with dry eye syndrome occurring after refractive surgery received either usual care only, or usual care plus additional acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture was performed three times per week (a total of 12 treatments). Each treatment included the use of 17 acupuncture points (Shangxing DU-23, and bilateral Zanzhu BL-2, Sizhukong SJ-23, Yangbai GB-14, Fengchi GB-20, Yintang M-NH-3, Chengqi ST-1, Hegu L.I.-4 and Quchi LI-11). In the acupuncture group, ocular surface disease index scores tended to decrease during the treatment period, while those in the usual care group increased. After four weeks of treatment, there was a significant difference between the treatment and usual care groups in favour of acupuncture.

Acupuncture for dry eye syndrome after refractive surgery: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Integr Med Res. 2021 Mar;10(1):100456.