Ayurveda For Eye Disease

Ayurveda For Eye Disease

Ayurveda For Eye Disease

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Ayurveda For Eye Disease

 Any kind of infection or ailment that can cause any vision irritation, pain in the eye  or severe vision problem can be categorised under eye disease. Many eye diseases have no early symptoms. They can  be  many a times be painless, and you may see no change in your vision until the disease has become quite advanced.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Conjunctivitis  or pink eye  is  the redness  and  inflammation of the conjunctiva- the  thin, clear covering  of  the  white of the  eye  and  the  inside of the eyelids. Pinkeye is very common eye ailment and  typically  is  not serious  and goes away in 7 to 10 day even if there is no medical  treatment.

The signs and symptoms of pink eye may vary but the most common symptoms are- redness and swelling of the white portion of the eye, burning sensation in the eye, white or yellow  eye discharge,   itchy eyes,  increased sensitivity to  light , gritty feeling in the eye and crusting of eyelids.

The main causes of conjunctivitis is  viral or bacterial infection, allergens, irritants (like smog or swimming pool chlorine) that infect or irritate the eye or sometimes a chemical splash in the eye. In  new-borns pink eye can be caused due to  a blocked tear duct.

Viral  and bacterial conjunctivitis are  very contagious. They can easily spread through direct or indirect contact with someone who's infected. Adults and children both  can develop this type of conjunctivitis. However, bacterial conjunctivitis is more common in children than it is in adults.

Allergic conjunctivitis affects both eyes and is a response to an allergy-causing substance such as pollen. Sometimes a chemical splash or foreign object in the  eye can also cause conjunctivitis.

In both children and adults, pink eye can cause severe  inflammation in the cornea that can affect vision also sometimes there is severe pain. in such cases it is advisable to seek  treatment to reduce the risk of complications.

 Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a complicated disease that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time resulting in loss of vision. It's often associated with a build-up of eye  pressure inside the eye. This eye pressure damages  the delicate nerve fibres of the optic nerve that transmits images from the retina to the brain so that we can see. Glaucoma can cause blindness if it is left untreated. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life.

Glaucoma Cause and Types

Glaucoma usually occurs in both eyes, but it may involve each eye to a different extent.

Glaucoma typically happens when pressure in the eye increases. The most common reason is that when something hampers the circulation of eye fluid  called aqueous humor, this fluid  flows through  the eye in a  mesh-like channel. If this channel becomes blocked, fluid builds up, causing glaucoma.

Less common causes of glaucoma include a blunt or chemical injury to the eye, severe eye infection, blockage of blood vessels in the eye, inflammatory conditions of the eye, and sometimes eye surgery to correct another condition.

 There are two main types of glaucoma:

Open-angle glaucoma - Also called wide-angle glaucoma, this is the most common type of glaucoma. Here the  eye appears normal, but fluid in the eye does not flow correctly through the drain of the eye, called the trabecular meshwork. In this case there is non particular symptom till one starts getting blurred vision.

Angle-closure glaucoma  -  Also called acute or chronic angle-closure or narrow-angle glaucoma, this can cause a sudden build-up of pressure in the eye. The symptom can include blurry vision, halos around sights, intense eye pain and sometimes nausea and vomiting.

 Macular Degeneration

Few people are aware that macular degeneration is an incurable eye disease and that it is the leading cause of vision loss in many aged people. Macular degeneration often occurs to the elderly and is known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD). This  is a medical condition that  results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina.

There are two types of AMD: dry AMD and wet AMD. Wet age-related macular degeneration is less common but more aggressive in its progression to severe central vision loss. "Dry" age-related macular degeneration is the more common type and is more slowly progressive in causing visual loss.

 Eye Disease Treatments in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, eye diseases are signs of imbalance of 'doshas' within the human body and therefore, needn't be viewed in isolation. As per Ayurveda, glaucoma is  caused by imbalance of all three doshas - vata, pitta & kapha.  Ayurvedic procedures help to clear the obstruction in the flow of eye fluid so that intra ocular pressure can be maintained in a normal range. Ayurvedic treatment of Macular Degeneration also varies according to the stage and  dry or wet type. Ayurvedic treatment can control the advanced degeneration in majority of cases so that present vision status can be stabilized. Ayurvedic medicines give strength to retina and some improvement in vision can also be expected in many cases.

Eye care Program by Karali Ayurvedic Group- This program includes Netradhara, NetraTrarpanam, Pindi and many other eye care treatment depending on your body needs and the doctor’s prescription.

Thriphaladi Choornam is a popular Ayurvedic medicine which is very beneficial for  diseases which affect the eyes, Ayurvedic Medicine for Cataract is also a very popular Kairali Ayurvedic product for cataract.