Eye Diseases and their Homeopathic Treatment
Homeopathic Journal :: Volume: 4, Issue: 12, Oct 2011 (General Theme) - from Homeorizon.com
Author : Dr. P.S. Rawat, B.Sc., B.M.S.,(Lkw.), B.H.M.S. (JPR.) Professor Chandola Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital
Article Updated: Nov 15, 2011
During childbirth and after.
During the birth, the skull bones mould to facilitate the passage of head through birth canal. This causes pressure change and haemorrhages in the retina. Normally they get absorbed but in certain cases they do not, more so in the cases of forceps delivery. A few doses of Arnica will absorb the clots. Bell, Crotalus hor; Lachesis and Opium are a few important medicines found useful for elderly patients for the retinal haemorrhage or haemorrhagic retinitis or Apopletic retinitis even if the cause differs.
In infants, infection of the eyes with Gonococci is quite common. The child contacts it through birth canal while being born and Alumina is the commonly indicated medicine (for adults Aco, Apis, Arg nit, Calc hypo., Hepar sulph., Merc sol., Puls., Spig and Sulphur are the commonly indicated medicines).
Excessive watering from the eyes which is due to blockage (Stricture Lachrymalis) in drainage passages is sometime seen in infants. It is usually in one eye and starts a few days after birth. Such watering if present since birth, is amenable to medicine therapy.
Watering or stricture of Lachrymal duct
Euphrasia: Much thick, yellow, acrid discharge making the lid sore and excoriated.
Hepar sulph: Stricture closed by exudative swelling, after pus has formed or in blennorrhoea with great sensitiveness to touch and cold, also profuse discharge.
For adults Argenticum met, Merc sol, Nat-mur, Silicea, and Stanum are the medicines.
Playing with pen, pencil, and other pointed objects in school-going child can cause damage to the eyes. Such incidents need Arnica, Calendula, and Ledum.
In very small children, cross eye or "squint" is sometimes observed. One very important reason being: eyeball of the child at birth is 17 mm long. At 7 years of age it becomes normal i.e. 24 mm. During this period, child is hypermetropic i.e. long sightedness. Being hypermetropic, he accommodates all the times and accommodation produce convergence. For this reason, some of the child start squinting and eye turns inward. The condition needs a very consistent and long-term approach. Delay may lead to partial blindness of one eye.
Squint or Strabismus or cross eyes.
Chin sulph: Squint is intermittent and on alternate days.
Chel: Convergent in children.
Cic: Cyclamen, Cina, Nat. phos, Spigelia according to indication of squint with worms history.
If a periodic and of a spasmodic in character, or caused by convulsions, after a fall or blow.
Nat mur: Divergent squint, following inflammatory rheumatism, eyes parallel for one day then squint comes on from fatigue more marked in hot weather and worse in winter.
Nux vomica: Squint with diplopia, worse from mental excitement or caused by injury.
Stram. : Squint in cholera infantum, from mental emotions, epilepsy, terror or fear, etc.
Medicines, such as Agaricus, Alum., Amygdala, Calc., Calc. phos., Lys, Camphor, Chel., Cina, Colc., Dig., Eryng., Jab., Kali br., Kali-phos., Lyco., Mag phos., Merc., Morph., Phos., Sulphur, Syphilinum, Tarentula, Ver. v, Zinc, etc. are used both for children and grownup.
Some other Eye diseases of the children
Stye or acne hordeolum
Cal carb: Styes leave induration.
Causticum: Sticking as with needles in moving in morning, old styes swell.
Conium: Styes recur, becomes indurated, inflame.
Hep sulph: If suppuration has commenced with throbbing or pulsating pain, great sensitiveness to touch and amelioration by warmth.
Phosphorus: Styes especially in the lower eyelid, if ears get well otorrhea.
Puls: Styes with conjunctivitis, ciliary blephritis, now in one then in the other canthus with drawing tensive pains in eyes on moving muscles of face, with ulcerated nostril, if given early before the formation of pus, will often cause to abort. As a remedy for successive crop. It is specially useful if depended upon gastric derangement and accompanied by acne of face, also when found in amenorrhic female especially on the upper eyelids.
Rhus tox: Styes over eyelids in the early stage when there oedematous swelling of the lids.
Sepia: Styes with redness of eyes. Repeated styes form indurations (tumor) and form indurations.
Staphisagria: Styes one after another, on the right and left upper lids, severe pain, confined to dark room and usually to bed. Amelioration by application of cold water. Stye remains a hard nodule or hard nodule form stye.
Sulphur: Recurrence of successive crops.
Some other medicines for styes are: Acid phos., Alum, Amonium carb, Aurum sulph., Baryta carb., Cal. flour., Colchicum., Cypripedium pubescens, Ferrum met,
Chalazion, Meibomian or Tarsal cyst
Besides Ars. iod., Borax, Cali flour, Chel., Clematis, Cochlearia, Colchicum., Conium., Digitalis., Euphrasia., Aethusa., Lyco., Merc sol., Niccol., Phytolacc., Phosphorus, Puls., Rhus tox, Sepia., Silicea, Staph., Sulphur and Zinc.
Thuja: Whether single or multiple Chalazia specially if they appear like condyloma, either internally or on external surface of the lid. Also, in polypus of conjunctiva.
Elderly: As age advances, some new diseases crop up. Myopia (short sightedness) appears at the age of six to seven years and progressed to puberty. Its progress stops at 5 to 6 dioptre and then it is called 'simple' myopia. Beyond 6 D, it becomes 'high' myopia.
Myopia or short sightedness
Agaricus: In myopia, spasm of the ciliary muscle, twitching of lids reading while.
Cal carb: In myopia, nose has to touch paper to read (Strabismus)
Cinch: Myopia after typhus, with diarrhoea.
Carbo veg: Myopia after exerting the eyes.
Grat: Myopia with burning heat in face reading while.
Phosphoric acid: Myopia looking away from work Ameliorates.
Phosphorus: Increasing myopia.
Puls and Sulphur: Myopia after ophthalmia.
Few other important medicines being Arg nit., Euphrasia and Lycopodium.
With the advancing age, some changes occur in lens. This causes Hypermetropia (long sightedness) and persons who wear small myopic glasses, do not need them now. At this stage (after about 38 to 40 years of age) lens cannot adapt itself for near work. Some people are frightened by it. This is not refractive error but error of accommodation since.
Some persons do not want glasses at all. They can, however, get considerable benefit from the use of Homoeopathic medicines.
Hypermetropia (far sightedness)
Argn. nit: Hypermetropia, overuse of eyes in fine work.
Conium: Hypermetropia, distant objects appear more distant.
Jabo.: Hypermetropia with asthenopia.
Petrolium: Hypermetropia, reads the fine prints without glasses.
Few other commonly indicated medicines are Carbo sulph., Colocynth and Mezerium.
Injuries or contusions
Aco., Euph., Ham., Puls. and Silicea: Injuries caused by foreign substances.
Arnica: Injury from blows.
Berb. vul: Injury after operation for strabismus.
Calendula: Incised and lacerated wounds.
Cal. Sulph: Injury from splinter or by straw.
Gauaraea: Injury from extraction of cataract.
Hyper: Injury, pain from anterior synechiae
Ledum: Injury, contusions or wounds especially with extravasation of blood.
Sulphur: Haemorrhage in wound of cornea, Sympathetic Irritation after removal of left eye, constant discharge from stump of left eye, painful sensitive to touch, stitches to healthy eye.
May be due to:
Graphitis: In entropion, wild hair on margins.
Merc. cor.: Entropion in blepharitis.
Zinc.: Entropion, inner surface contracted, lashes inclined to turn in though they do not press against the ball.
Borax, Nat. mur., and Sepia are a few other medicines.
Trichiasis and Distichiasis
Apis: Lashes ingrowing, pressed inward by excessive swelling (Opthalmia)
Puls: Lashes ingrowing causing pannus.
Aco: Aur met., Borax, Tell., Aethusa are few other medicines.
Arg nit.: Pteryzium pink.
Cal. carb: Pteryzium from outer canthus towards cornea.
Spigelia: Pteryzium from right inner canthus over cornea.
Aur. met., Euphrasia, Nux mosh., Sulphur and Zinc are some other medicines used for Pteryzium.
Dacrocystitis, or inflammation of lachrymal sac
Besides Euphrasia, Hepar sulph., Puls., Silicea.
Stanum: In a yellow white discharge from the Lachrymal sac.
Acon.: In first stage.
Apis: In first stage especially in scrofulous children.
Allium cepa: With coryza of the whooping cough.
Asativa: Worse at night.
Dig: After disappearance of coryza.
Euphrasia: With lachrymation and mucus discharge.
Hydrastis: Acute, from result of daily exposure to harsh, dry wind, also when inflammation nearly extended to border of Iris, profuse watery discharge.
Rhus tox, Dulca., and Silc.: For (eye flue) due to excessively wet or damp weather.
Ana., Asaf., Cham., Chel., Cinch., Cocculus, Colo., Gel., Graph., Kali-bich., Lachesis, Lyco., Lyssin, Mer., Phos., Puls., Ruta., Senega, Sepia are other medicines.
Granular conjunctivitis or Trachoma or Egyptian Ophthalmia (Kukere).
Arg. Nit.: Trachoma, bright (beef) red colour.
Nux vom.: Trachoma, old cases with pannus.
Sepia: Trachoma causing astigmation and specially tea drinker.
Thuja: Trachoma large wart like.
Zinc.: Trachoma after Ophthalmia Neonatrum.
Nat. mur., Sulphur, etc. are few other medicines used for Trachoma.
Inflammation of Cornea or Keratitis
Arnica, Calendula, Ham.: Keratitis from injury.
Cal phos: After variola and vaccination.
Conium: Superficial, involving epithelial layer caused by injuries, cold or in scrofulous diathesis.
Clematis: Keratoiritis, particularly ulcerative type.
Merc.: Keratoiritis with hypoyion, pain very worse at night, also pustular keratitis.
Sulphur: Parenchymatous or Pustular from suppression of eruptions behind ear worse in the morning, of 7 years duration, sharp pain at 2 p.m., also weakens early in the morning.
Arg. met., Ars. album, Aur. met., Asaf., Bell., Cinnab., Clem., Crot. Hor., Hepar., Kali bich., Kreosote, Merc. cor., Merc. cy., Rhus tox, Silicea., Syphil. and Zinc are some other medicines.
Iritis( Inflammation of Iris)
Cinch.: Iritis from loss of blood after confinement, also in gonorrhoeal iritis.
Dulc.: Idiopathic, after exposure in damp weather, worse at night, also in cold air, better during motion and from warmth.
Grind.: Iritis from metastasis of rheumatism, pain itense, fever high, traumatic, worse from cold.
Hepar.: Iritis with hypopion, of left, also suppurative, small abscess and hypopion.
Phos.: Iritis after iridectomy, useful in improving vision and removing subjective symptoms.
Prun spi: Iridocyclitis with anterior synechiae, shooting, bursting pain particularly in right eyeball from within outward or through brain to occiput, amelioration by lachrymation.
Arn., Aur., Bell., Colch., Euphrasia, Nux vom., Puls., Sil., Spigelia, Staph., Sulphur and Tub., etc are some other medicines.
PAINFUL RED EYE
It may be indicative of (1) Corneal ulcer (2) Choroiditis (inflammation of second coat of the eye) (3) Glaucoma (Kala Motia). These are serious and emergency conditions and require immediate help.
Cad.: Corneal ulcer from scar.
Calab. (Physostigma): Corneal ulcer leading to perforation.
Cal. hypo.: In deep sloughing ulcer or abscesses found in weak, debilitated individual.
Kali mur.: Corneal ulcer small, follows a blister.
Few other important medicines are Arg. nit., Nat mur., Nux vom., Sil. And Sulphur.
Glaucoma or Kala Motia
Bell: Shooting and throbbing pain in eyeballs. Heat and redness with intolerance of light, frontal headache aggravated by touch, noise, jar, and lying down.
Calab.: Glaucoma after iridectomy to relieve intraocular tension.
Comocladia: Ciliary neuralgia and pain in eyeball particularly of right side, feeling as if eye is enlarged or protruded and is being pressed out, aggravation by motion.
Crocus: Ciliary neuralgia, pain in eyeball extending to the top of head, feeling as if cold air is passing through eye. Aggravated by looking at an object fixed.
Gel.: Dull aching pain in eyeball with depression in vitality.
Nux vom: Tensive and smarting pain in eyeball with lachrymation, red streaks in white with dim vision owing to atrophy of the optic nerve from the habitual use of intoxicants, worse in the morning and aggravated by warmth.
Spigelia: Severe pain in and around eyes, extending deep in the socket and lachrymation and anxiety at heart, generally in the left eye. Feels as if eye would be pressed out, eye sensitive to light and skin sensitive to touch. Aggravation sunrise to sunset, jar, movement, amelioration to hard pressure.
Besides above written medicines Aco., Bry, Mag. phos., Prun. and Sulphur are few other medicines.
Diseases of Lens: Cataract (Chitta Motia)
This condition is commonly found after fifth decade but may start at any age.
Ant tart.: Cataract of cattle.
Arnica: Cataract after operation.
Calab.: Cataractous lens, dislocated into interior chamber by a blow on temple. Also left lens become cataractous after loss of right eye by Glaucoma.
Carbo sulph: Cataract broken up and was absorbed in Morgagrian cataract.
Causticum: Cataract incipient in right (after sulphur), with perpendicular half sight, also in reticularis.
Conium: Cataract from contusion. Also grey, left eye.
Euph.: Vision better on a dark day.
Iodoform: Cataract with broad striae or patches of flocculant masses in the cortex of the lens.
Lyco: Slight haziness, worse in right (after Typhoid), with chronic dyspeptic, also with suppressed menses.
Secale cor: Senile as well in the young people with headache, vertigo, and roading in the ears.
Sepia: Indicative of rapidly progressing cataract.
Sulphur: In the middle as if it had been punctured by a needle, after suppression of eruption, dim vision.
Tellurium: Chalky, looking white mass on an anterior surface.
Other medicines are: Cal phos, Phosphorus, Puls and Silicea, etc.
Note: A careful selection of drugs according to the Homoeopathic law and their continuation for a long period will succeed in a large portion of cases in checking the progress of the disease but after degeneration of the lens fibres has taken place, no remedy will be found of avail in restoring its lost transparency and improving the sight.