Natural NAION | Optic Neuropathy Treatment Oceanside, California

NAION or Non-arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy refers to the loss of blood flow to the optic nerve. It is called “non-arteritic” because there is a reduced blood flow without inflammation of the blood vessels. “Anterior” means that the injury occurs in the front part of the nerve, where the nerve meets the eye. “Ischemic” describes the injury due to the reduced blood flow, and “optic neuropathy” means that the injury disrupts the ability of the eye to send information to the brain.

At Makari Wellness, we offer the most effective alternative NAION treatment in Oceanside, including a successful combination of acupuncture, micro acupuncture 48, supplements, Chinese herbs, and nutrition and lifestyle counseling. Traditional Chinese medicine aims to increase optimal blood flow and nerve conduction in the eye affected by NAION.

Our Eye Care Clinic is located at 2111 South El Camino Real Suite 301 Oceanside, CA 92054. Clinic working days and hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

How We Treat NAION at Makari Wellness of Oceanside, CA


Stimulating specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin stimulates the central nervous system. It also focuses on promoting the circulation of blood and Qi around the eyes, and it can successfully boost the overall visual acuity. The number of treatments depends on how well the patient responds to the treatment and the co-existing health issues.

Micro Acupuncture 48

The best results are achieved with the combination of Chinese herbs. This gold standard in Ophthalmic Acupuncture involves 48 acupuncture points located only on feet and hands. It has a great deal of measurable and positive clinical results, especially in treating eye conditions.

Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling

A well-balanced diet, where foods are consumed in proper combinations according to their natures and flavors, will help achieve optimal eye health. At Makari Wellness, we make individualized nutrition programs to boost overall health, support the immune system, and facilitate healing from illness. Remember, ‘food is medicine, medicine is food.’

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Herbal formulas are customized and can be taken in the form of pills, teas, tinctures, extracts, or syrups. Each ingredient has unique characteristics, so a certified Chinese Herbalist at Makari Wellness will combine them to achieve the best possible outcome. Chinese Herbs will address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in various symptoms.


A well-balanced diet can protect your eyes, so supplements are only a great addition to it. These supplements are proven to boost overall eye health: Ginkgo Biloba, Eyebright, Green Tea, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, Lutein, Vitamins C, A, E, and many more. These substances will improve blurred vision and protect nerve cells throughout the eyes.

About Makari Wellness Founder, Michael Woodworth

Michael Woodworth L.AC, as the successful Oceanside acupuncturist, has over 15 years of experience and continual post-graduate training. He combines ancient wisdom with modern methods to provide the most effective natural therapy for NAION in Oceanside, CA. So, if you seek a long-term solution and thorough alternative care, Michael is the perfect option for your eye health.


  • Cert. ICEAM #122 Classical Herbalist;
  • Cert. M48A Acupuncture Ophthalmology;
  • Cert. National Chinese Herbal Medicine;
  • Cert. Active Release Techniques (ART), SFMA, FMS;
  • Cert. Spine Technician in Pettibon Posture and Rehabilitation.

Please visit the About Us page if you want to find out more about Michael’s awards, certifications, and CEU seminars.

Amazing Eye Care in Oceanside, California

“Mike is a great person!  I have benefited from his treatments for years.  If you need help give Mike a chance to help you!” – Ron J., Oceanside, CA

“I’ve been a delighted patient for 4+ years who appreciates the care, devotion and expertise Mike places on his patients and craft. Each visit consists of a clear, easy to digest anatomy lesson and education combined with a course of action. He’s realistic and passionate while multitasking to achieve the best result possible. Web scheduling is convenient and he’s flexible with my wacky requests. Go get healed from the best healer I know…” – Michael D., Del Mar, CA  

“Michael is a miracle worker. If you are in pain you need to make an appointment and you will know what I mean!” – Pat F., Carlsbad, CA  

I started seeing Dr. Woodworth in June 2021 when I was diagnosed at 36 with early macular degeneration. Macular degeneration runs in my family, but no one had been diagnosed so young! I was devastated by this diagnosis and knew I could find a natural way to heal my body. I had done lots of acupuncture in the past and started my search for an acupuncturist that had experience working with eye issues. I stumbled upon Makari Wellness and knew Dr. Woodworth was the man for the job. I drove 3 hours each week to be treated by him. The best advice he gave me was to be patient. He explained that the body heals in trimesters and not to expect much change before the 3 month mark. At the 2 month mark I went in for a scan. No change. Maybe a bit better. I kept at it. 2 months later and there was huge improvement. The lines on my grid were no longer wavy, I could see better when I was driving (especially at night) and my scan showed major improvement. I continued on..

At this point I felt comfortable with the progress of my eyes and my body in general and I asked Dr. Woodworth to change focus to my fertility goals. I was under massive amounts of stress at the time and he patiently worked with me to strengthen my body and helped me to destress my mind. He reminded me that my body would heal in trimesters and to give the process time. I am so glad I did! I am happy to say that I am now pregnant with twins.

I will be continuing my care with Dr. Woodworth throughout my pregnancy and beyond. I understand that my overall health and the health of my eyes will require continued maintenance for the rest of my life. There is better way to support your life’s journey than to support your health! I’m so grateful that I found Makari Wellness. If you are reading this review and are having any doubts at all, let them go. Commit a trimester to Dr. Woodworth. Make the drive. Spend the money. It’s well worth it and I’m sure you will have a positive outcome and it may even change your life.

If you are still not sure about NAION treatment at Makari Wellness, please find us on Yelp or Google and read more testimonials from our patients.

Choose Makari Wellness to Relieve Your Optic Neuropathy Symptoms

A founder of Makari Wellness, Michael Woodsworth, provides unique treatments for NAION in Oceanside. He tries to work his hardest to become someone who will solve all health problems and assist families in living a life free from illness. Professional yet accessible, he uses a combination of tools to treat the symptoms. Here are some reasons why you should consider choosing Makari Wellness:

  • We have more than 15 years of rich professional experience in treating patients with NAION;
  • Our treatments are unique and customized for each individual;
  • Extensive training in internal acupuncture and herbs for NAION;
  • We treat you with the same care we treat our family;
  • A comprehensive and holistic approach to health;
  • We treat the root causes of your health problems;
  • We accept HAS/FSA spending accounts;
  • We also accept MedPay for immediate reimbursement.
Michael Woodworth

Common Eye Treatments by Makari Wellness of Oceanside, CA

Uveitis Treatment

The inflammation of the uveal tract may lead to blindness if left untreated. At Makari Wellness, we can treat redness of the eyes, photophobia, floaters, and other symptoms with acupuncture, herbal remedies, and personalized meal plans to treat uveitis successfully and improve the quality of life.

Macular Dystrophy Treatment

Using micro acupuncture 48, it is possible to treat degenerative eye conditions. We can increase the blood flow to the eye, improve the detoxification of liquid and solid waste, and decrease ocular oxidative stress. It is possible to slow or even stop the progress of the MD.

Cataract Treatment

Correcting the imbalance in the energy flow is the main goal of acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy, so non-surgical cataract treatment is possible at Makari Wellness. It can also help in diminishing the cloudiness of the lens and prevent further disease development.

Retinal Detachment Treatment

Acupuncture can eliminate or at least reduce eye floaters, boost overall visual acuity, and trigger a spontaneous healing reaction in the body. Also, a custom herbal formula can help in treating retinal detachment.

Glaucoma Treatment

At Makari Wellness, we can treat elevated eye pressure resulting in central or peripheral vision loss with acupuncture and supplements like fish oil, lutein, and zeaxanthin. It will revitalize the person’s energy, eventually improving the overall visual acuity.

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

Unregulated blood sugar can lead to diabetic retinopathy. Still, many people are unaware of the benefits of acupuncture. It can successfully treat fluctuation, floaters, color vision deficiency, and other serious diabetic eye symptoms.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Microcurrent stimulation, in addition to the ‘regular’ acupuncture treatment, can stimulate regeneration and tissue repair by awakening the dormant cells and improving the blood flow, which is essential for this particular disease type.

Retinitis Pigmentosa Treatment

Loss of central vision, reduced night vision, affected side vision, photopsia, blurred vision, and many other symptoms of RP can be successfully treated with micro acupuncture 48 and electroacupuncture.

Lazy Eye Treatment

Amblyopia can be treated with acupuncture, micro acupuncture 48, Chinese herbal therapy, and lazy eye exercises. These procedures are designed to treat not just the disease but the entire human being and the root of the problem.

Acupuncture Ophthalmology Oceanside, CA

In this brief video on acupuncture ophthalmology, Michael explains the basic principles of ophthalmology acupuncture. Most of the people seeking treatment were told that there was nothing they could do to improve their vision. However, ophthalmology acupuncture successfully enhances the nerve conductivity and blood flow to the eyes, so it is possible to stop the progression of the disease or reverse it, depending on the patient’s lifestyle and the severity of the disease.

Vision/ Eye Program Price and How to Prepare for The First Visit

After completing the initial course of treatment, acupuncture ophthalmology treatments are $100 individually. We have discounted this rate following the trials of 2020/2021, normally $125. Pre-pay packages includes 1 month of custom herbal formula and 1 month of vision supplements. (value $200-300). For more detailed info about pricing packages and insurance options we accept, please visit our FAQS/FEES page. You can also find detailed instructions on how to prepare, what to eat, and how to dress for your first visit.

Find More Information About NAION : Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment


What is NAION?

NAION is basically an optic nerve stroke that occurs due to inadequate blood flow to the optic nerve. The further vision loss remains stable over time in most cases. The vision loss is noticeable upon waking up in the morning.



NAION is a non-inflammatory disease that occurs due to high blood pressure, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, blood clotting disorder, etc. AION is an inflammatory disease of the small blood vessels in the eye, called temporal arteritis.


What are NAION Symptoms?

Optic neuropathy symptoms are often described as painless visual field defects, together with the loss of contrast or light sensitivity. Although most patients do not have accompanying pain, headache or periocular pain is reported in 8-12% of patients. Most of them notice blurring or cloudiness of the vision upon awakening.


Non Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Treatment Oceanside

Unfortunately, there is no cure for NAION. However, acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy as the primary modalities of TCM can effectively treat patients with NAION. They can significantly improve qi circulation and blood flow, especially in the optic disc area, thus improving vision.


How to Improve Blood Flow to Optic Nerve?

According to TCM, eyes are closely related to internal organs, especially the liver and kidneys. It is said that the liver “opens to the eyes.” The visual ability mainly relies on the nourishment of the liver blood. Treating the patients with Liver Yang Rising, Weak Kidney Ying, and Liver Qi Stagnation diagnosis can release the blocked Qi and trigger the spontaneous healing reactions in the area surrounding the optic disc.

Nonarteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Treatment in Oceanside

Non arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy is a severe disease that can lead to vision loss if not treated promptly. Do not wait too long; contact us at (888) 871-8889 and start your NAION treatment in our Oceanside clinic as soon as possible to minimize the damage to the optic disc and improve your overall visual acuity.