Kicking Off a Year-Long Quest to Fix My Eyesight

Written By: ingridricks - Feb• 09•13

I’ve been monitoring the Wellspring Clinic for several years and have long wanted to give their treatment a try. But finances are tight and because I suffer from late-stage RP, I’ve worried there would be little they could do to help me.

It took last week’s devastating visit with a top retinal specialist to kick me into action–to make me realize that I have two options: do everything I can to save my eyesight, or lose the little I have left.  And based on all the research I’ve done, I’ve concluded the Wellspring Clinic offers the best hope for eyesight I have.

There are two key factors that have convinced me Wellspring’s RP treatment is worth pursuing.

1) The growing database of patient interviews and success stories being collected by Wellspring Clinic and featured on YouTube  (especially the one above from Julie, a woman who had only five degrees of central vision before being treated by Dr. Yu .

2)  a new RP clinical trial now underway at Johns Hopkins University that sounds very similar to Wellspring’s treatment program.

After scheduling a ten-day visit that kicks off March 29, Dr. Yu advised me to download the eye exercise videos from his web site and do the exercises every day until my first treatment to prepare my eyes for optimal success. I’d been provided a book with eye exercises from a naturopath a few years before and assumed Dr. Yu’s exercises would be similar. They aren’t.  While one exercise is devoted to eye movement, the other ten exercises all involve acupressure points that directly correlate with the eyes. I’ve researched RP enough to know that blood circulation is critical and that acupressure is beneficial. But until now, I didn’t know what I was doing. Dr. Yu provides a series of twelve, easy-to-follow videos where he demonstrates each acupressure point and then walks you through the entire exercise. I’ve been doing these acupressure/eye exercises since Monday and can feel the blood flow (it’s a tingling, warm sensation) each time I do them.

Today I’m heading to Vancouver to meet with Dr. Yu.  I live in Seattle and because I’m so close to his clinic, he invited me to meet with him and get started on his Chinese herbs and antioxidants before starting my first ten-day treatment.

I’m excited to meet Dr. Yu and to start this journey.


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  1. Steph Durden says:

    So excited to see this website! Thank you for chronicling your path to success. No doubt this is the making of a miracle in progress. Can’t wait to read more, and then reread it from beginning to end. Peace to you, Ingrid.

  2. Jaana Kossila says:

    Hi, Ingrid. As I know a little about you from the RP fighting blindness site at Facebook it will be so very interesting to read about your “journey”. Good Luck! I so hope this treatment will help:).

  3. Phil Reid says:

    I’m looking forward to following your progress, but what tests have you had done to establish a base line? It would be useful to have a range of tests done by an independent third party, so that after treatment at the clinic you have something to compare with. Obviously you will be aware of any improvement, but objective evidence will be needed to silence the doubters. Good luck, and I wish you all the best with your treatment.

    • ingridricks says:

      Phil – I just had both a visual field test and retinal image scan done at Harborview Medial Center here in Seattle. I’m tracking down those tests this week and will post them online to use as a baseline. My plan is to return to the same retinal specialist a year from now, repeat those same tests and post them as a before under the tab on the menu so people have a comparison.

  4. suzanne says:

    I got so excited when I saw that you are meeting with Dr. Yu so soon. My heart just leapt. You are a tower of power, Ingrid. An inspiration to all. Keep us posted.

  5. Yvonne says:

    Go Ingrid

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