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Acupuncture Treatment of Dry Eye

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: November 7, 2007
Last Update Posted: August 30, 2011
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Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center
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Walter Reed Army Medical Center
November 6, 2007
November 7, 2007
August 30, 2011
November 2007
February 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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 ]
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Acupuncture Treatment of Dry Eye
Acupuncture Treatment of Dry Eye
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.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Xeropthalmia
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Experimental: 1
    Intervention: Procedure: Acupuncture
  • Sham Comparator: 2
    Sham Acupuncture
    Intervention: Procedure: Sham acupuncture
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February 2011
February 2011   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
WU # 07-23024
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Michael J. Mines, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center
Principal Investigator: Michael J Mines, MD Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
August 2011

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