I was born in 1928 and was 73 years when I started having problems with his left eye. Lampposts bowed, keyboard on my PC started to jump back and forth and lines of printed material and text on TV went in waves.

There were visits to the optometrist who gave the message that I had macular degeneration of the retina. After visiting general practitioner and ophthalmologist I was referred to the eye clinic at Vestfold Hospital. There was the eye problem confirmed. But I also got a message that there was no medical treatment for this disorder. I got a stenciled sheet with list of vitamins and minerals that could build up the general condition and thus slow down the negative development of vision.

Tipped off by a naturopath in Sandvika sought I Borgheim Acupuncture with Erik Vinje to try acupuncture against the eye problem. After a half year left eye has improved and after another half worked the left eye normally. For years I went to therapy once a month to keep the state alive. A couple of years ago I was advised to take more often treatment. The last few years I've now been treated every other week.

The left eye has continued to function normally, while the right eye gradually has been marked by suffering. It has also been noted cataracts in both eyes. The pressure in the eyes came up in 17 on the left eye and 19 on the right. A pair of needles added during processing received depressed in 15 in both eyes. According to recent survey ophthalmologic development of the damage to the macula now stabilized.

During these years of treatment with Erik Vinje, I have also twice a year going to control by an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologist performs a thorough investigation, but does not treat. Vinje treats, but does not examine. It had been a big win for many if there were a collaboration between the school medical examination and the "alternative" treatment. I have found that the treatment of macular degeneration ( "calcification") with acupuncture can lead to improvement of vision and may provide opportunities to stop or slow down the development of this disorder, but it needed more research in this area. This I know Erik Vinje is concerned. He has started a partnership with Eye Hospital in Beijing to try and unite the western conventional medicine with Chinese medical culture.

Erik Vinje work seriously and is cooperating with acupuncturists in Denmark, England and China. He shows personal care and concern for their patients. Treatment of AMD with acupuncture can give patients hope of saving sight. The alternative is resignation and just wait for the vision gradually disappears.

Hans Jacob Andreassen,