Marc Grossman, DO, is an optometrist in New Paltz, New York, and a strong advocate of the use of Chinese medicine in vision care. The following summary was taken from his interview on The Sharon Kleyne Hour syndicated talk radio show, December 7, 2009 (www.modavox.worldtalkradio.com).
Dr. Marc Grossman is a New York optometrist who has integrated elements of Chinese Medicine into his practice, with emphasis on treating the whole body rather than just symptoms, to prevent and cure disease. He recommends the 2009 book, Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine, by Andy Rosenfarb.
Dr. Grossman noted that the incidence of dry eye, near and farsightedness, cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration are all increasing dramatically. Much of this can be attributed to computer use. He believes the symptoms are part of a whole-body issue involving lifestyle and environmental factors. Macular degeneration is a major cause of blindness.
A central theme in Dr. Grossman’s practice is vision therapy, in which a series of exercises are employed to improve and maintain good vision. Since the eye is more closely connected to the brain than any other organ (80% of learning is visual), the mind can be a powerful influence. Dr. Grossman improved his own vision by 70% using these exercises.