Eye Care Treatments in Ayurveda

Shalakya Tantra, one of the eight branches of Ayurveda explains perfectly the structure, functioning and treatment of ailments of eyes. It deals with the detailed study of etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases that affect organs above the neck i.e., head, ears, nose, eyes, throat etc. Of the three main classics of Ayurveda, 'Susrutha Samhitha' provides the most profound knowledge on this branch of treatment.

Acharya Susrutha was the greatest proponent of this science. He could be hailed as the pioneer surgeon in medical history who systematically and elaborately dealt with the anatomical structure of the eye. The prognosis made by him on Uvititis and Glaucoma is regarded as exceptional.

Common causes of eye disorders in today's world

Today's life style and work atmosphere along with the use of modern appliances and gadgets for work and entertainment, like televisions and computers, are taking a heavy toll on the general health and well being of eyes. People tend to forget that eyes too need exercise as well as rest for its proper functioning. Working for hours before computer or watching television for a prolonged time and that too without enough blinking is very dangerous to eyes. It makes the eyes dry and scrappy. Today, a large section of children are myopic, the major culprit for this being television.

Ayurveda treatments are very effective in eye disorders. There are different procedures that are practiced to treat the disorder of the eye as well as to enhance the excellence of its functioning. They include tarpana, seka, aschyotana, pindi, bidalaka, anjana and shirovasthi. All the eye treatments are very effective in eye disorders especially Tarpana.

Ayurvedic Ophthalmology, being a perfect branch of science (medicine) describes all aspects :

  • Preventive aspects
  • Anatomy of the organ on the basis of ayurvedic principles
  • Physiology and function of the organ in ayurvedic view
  • Structure wise description of each diseases and its treatment
  • Special ayurvedic treatment procedures for the management of eye disease
  • Ophthalmic manifestations of systemic diseases and its management

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Eye Care at Sreedhareeyam

Being one of the prominent pioneers of Ayurvedic eye care in India, Sreedhareeyam is known for its authentic Ayurvedic treatments for visual ailments.

Sreedhareeyam has been offering effective treatments for various eye disorders like Diabetic retinopathy, age related Macular Degeneration, Glucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Hyperemia Retina etc

Let's have a brief look at few common eye disorders:

Diabetic retinopathy:

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina caused by complications of diabetes that can eventually lead to blindness. It is an ocular manifestation of diabetes, a systemic disease, which affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. Recent researches indicate that at least 90% of these new cases could be reduced if there was proper and vigilant treatment and monitoring of the eyes. At Sreedhareeyam, we offer effective Ayurvedic treatments for Diabetic retinopathy.

Macular Degeneration:

Macular degeneration, often called age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD), is a medical condition that usually affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) because of damage to the retina. It is diagnosed as either "dry" or "wet" forms. It is a major cause of blindness and visual impairment in older adults (>50 years). Macular degeneration can make it difficult or impossible to read or recognize faces, although enough peripheral vision remains to allow other activities of daily life. Ayurveda has effective remedies for Macular Degeneration.

Glaucoma:

Glaucoma refers to a medical condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often connected with a clinically characterized buildup of pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and symptoms may not appear until later in life.

The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years. Sreedhareeyam offers systematic Ayurvedic treatment for Glaucoma. Once lost, vision cannot normally be recovered, so the emphasis of treatment is primarily aimed at preventing further loss.

Retinitis Pigmentosa:

Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited eye disorder. Both eyes are involved in this medical condition. If it starts in one eye, the other eye usually develops the same condition in a number of years. Most cases are genetic, inherited in a variety of ways, including dominant, recessive, and sex-linked recessive. However, few cases are sporadic and lack a family history of the disease.

Myopia (Nearsightedness):

Myopia is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. Generally, nearsightedness tends to develop during childhood as eye continues to grow during this phase. It typically progresses until about age 20. However, nearsightedness may also develop in adults due to visual stress or certain health conditions such as diabetes.

Astigmatism:

Astigmatism is a common eye condition that results in poor vision due to cornea becoming oval in shape. The vision becomes blurred as the light rays do not focus while entering the eye. Ayurveda suggests effective remedies for astigmatism that are linked with diet and treatment for digestive system.