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My father in-law had some acupuncture done last Saturday

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Hi my father in-law had some acupuncture done last Saturday around the head and neck region. On Tuesday he noticed he had bleeding in one of his eyes, within the eye itself. When we questioned my mother in-law she said that it was behind the eye that the bleeding had happened. He cannot see from the injured eye and at a distance everything appears black to him, he can only see from the other eye but only at close range. My question is could it be related to the acupuncture, if done incorrectly. My father in-law is 83 and he is a diabetic. What would be the best thing for him to do to make it more bearable as he is unable to see his doctor till late next week. Thank you. Millie
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The loss of vision and bleeding inside his eye can be either from his diabetes, having caused severe diabetic retinopathy, or from a needle being stuck through his eyeball from the acupuncture.

It is possible that acupuncture could have caused the bleeding. If it is from the acupuncture it is an eye emergency and requires immediate evaluation and treatment by an ophthalmologist to prevent him from going 100% blind or even loosing the eye all together. He should go to the nearest emergency room right now.

If the bleeding is from any other reason....diabetic retinopathy, posterior vitreous detachment etc it is important for him to be seen by an ophthalmologist ASAP.

There really is nothing to you can do at home to make him more comfortable, other then tylenol, and any delay in treatment may lead to increased damage and a poorer final visual outcome.

I hope this has been helpful. Have a wonderful Holiday Season.