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Acupuncture Treatment of Dry Eye

This study has been completed.
Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center
Information provided by:
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Identifier:
First received: November 6, 2007
Last updated: August 26, 2011
Last verified: August 2011
The purpose of this study is to determine the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of moderate to severe dry eye by replicating the study design of the previous protocol and to see the study through to its completion.

Condition Intervention
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Xeropthalmia Procedure: Acupuncture Procedure: Sham acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acupuncture Treatment of Dry Eye

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Further study details as provided by Walter Reed Army Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To answer the question of whether there are objective beneficial effects of an acupuncture treatment versus sham acupuncture on dry eye, as measured by some of the most widely-used clinical indicators in the literature. [ Time Frame: 6 months after acupuncture or sham acupuncture treatment ]

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: November 2007
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Procedure: Acupuncture
Needles placed bilaterally on the ears at the auriculotherapy points. Additional needles placed in both index fingers. A third set of needles inserted on both index fingers between LI-1 adn LI-2.
Sham Comparator: 2
Sham Acupuncture
Procedure: Sham acupuncture
Four needles will be placed on the left and right upper shoulder areas. Small circular adhesive tape will be placed in an ear area, but not on the acupuncture points.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Military healthcare beneficiary
  • Male and female patients, at least 18 years of age
  • Diagnosis of keratoconjunctivitis sicca or xerophthalmia (dry eyes) in one or both eyes
  • Persistent signs and symptoms despite conventional therapy for at least three months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contact lens wear
  • Intraocular surgery or laser in the study eye within 90 days prior to enrolling in the study
  • History of any medical condition or circumstance that would preclude scheduled visits or completion of the study
  • Known history of adverse reaction to acupuncture
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00554879

United States, District of Columbia
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States, 20307
Sponsors and Collaborators
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center
Principal Investigator: Michael J Mines, MD Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Michael J. Mines, Walter Reed Army Medical Center Identifier: NCT00554879     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: WU # 07-23024
Study First Received: November 6, 2007
Last Updated: August 26, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Dry Eye Syndromes
Conjunctival Diseases
Eye Diseases
Corneal Diseases
Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017