Diseases of the Eye

Diseases of the Eye

Inflammation of the eyes should be immediately treated with Aconite and Belladonna combined, in any potency. If there is no immediate
relief, then refer to the following chapters where eye diseases have been specifically mentioned:

Aesculus | Euphrasia | Aethusa | Gelsemium | Alumina | Hepar Sulph | Apis | Millefolium | Arnica | Psorinum | Conium

All the above remedies are of immense value. A physician would find most eye diseases covered in these remedies. However a more detailed treatment of some of them is described below.

When the blood vessels of the eyes become weak and cannot tolerate even slight pressure, the eyes remain permanently congested and red; some doctors call it piles of the eyes. In this situation, Aesculus 30 is the best. If untreated, there may be a danger of losing the eyesight. Aesculus is also useful in the treatment of nodular swellings resulting from chronic inflammation of the eye. Sometimes, the eyelids become swollen and inverted (inside out) exposing the deep red surface and look horrible. The eyelashes start falling out. In this condition, Psorinum, Hepar Sulph and Alumina are extremely useful.

In Aethusa, the eyes are hypersensitive to light and the margins of the eyelids become swollen. The eyeballs roll from side to side and become drawn downwards. In Apis, there is puffiness and whole of the eye becomes swollen, looking like raw meat. Both Euphrasia and Belladonna resemble each other in the redness of the eye and its severity. In Euphrasia, the watery discharge is very corrosive.
Belladonna is also useful in the treatment of high eye pressure. Gelsemium is also significantly useful, in reducing the pressure. Calcarea Phos 6X and Gelsemium 6X combined are useful in Glaucoma. Sometimes, the eyes produce a watery discharge which becomes yellowish when the infection becomes chronic. Calcarea Carb is useful in this condition. In weakness of the eyes resulting from tiredness and pressure, Calcarea Carb is useful, but Onosmodium is more effective for tired eyes.

Carbonium Sulph is the ideal treatment for infections of the eyelids. When the eyes become sore and sticky, or there is a thready pustular
discharge, or swellings form over the eyes which are itchy and burning, then Carbonium Sulph should be given if other remedies do not help. Eczema of the eyelids, the feeling of heat, heaviness and discomfort, watering of the eyes mixed with beads of pus, swelling of the eyelids, hypersensitivity to light, weakness of the eyesight and colour blindness, are all the symptoms and signs of Carbonium Sulph. Steady progressive drooping of the eyelids (ptosis) and green spots before the eyes need to be treated with Causticum.

Extreme sensitivity to light, watering and dizziness (getting worse on lying down) are suggestive of Conium.
Yellowness of eyes, dark rings around them, a burning sensation in them, stabbing pain, blurring of vision, the progressive weakness of the eyesight, the tendency to bleed and photophobia, are all the symptoms of Crotalus.
Redness of the eyes along with the formation of ulcers, pimples and blisters on the eyelids are the symptoms of Croton. Other symptoms
of Croton are flashes of lightning and stars before the eyes, dark spots appearing on stooping, pain, engorgement of the eyes with blood as if sand particles are causing inflammation in the eyes and severe discomfort on carrying out fine eye-work, like in Ruta. If, on doing fine eye-work, the head hurts instead of the eyes, then Onosmodium is more useful.

For the drooping of the eyelids resulting from paralysis, one should study Agaricus, Plumbum, Senega and Causticum. Tiny spots found on the cornea are a specific sign of Senega.
Silicea is very useful in the treatment of corneal ulcers. Calcarea Fluor is also deeply related to eye ailments. The pain in the eyes on sudden exposure to cold should be treated with Spigelia. For further details, please read under Spigelia.

Neuralgic pain in the eye responds very well to Lac Felinum which is prepared from cat’s milk. Pain in the eyes, redness, watering, increasing discomfort on opening and closing the eyes and pain on reading, should ideally be treated with Strontium Carb. If the symptoms are more marked in the right eye, such as blurring of vision, or weakness of the eyesight with discharge, then Tarentula should be used. When dark spots appear before the eyes, and there is dimness of the eyesight on opening the eye, with piercing pain and burning, then Natrum Carb should be used.

Besides the above, a doctor will examin you and will prescribe the best medicine for you. Some common medicines in homoeopathic are given below: