Astigmatism from the point of view of Ayurveda
Astigmatism is a condition when the eye isn’t completely round (oval shape), and the light rays do not focus to a single point, causing objects to appear distorted and blurry.
This condition has several causes:
- Cornea damage (scar) due to an infection or a wound
- Eye surgery
- Eye diseases that could affect the cornea
- Sitting, standing, or sleeping in an improper posture
According to Ayurveda, the eyes are a Tejas (fire) predominant organ. Air pollution, dust, fumes, as well as looking at bright objects such as mobile phone screens can aggravate Pitta and Vata, resulting in the development or worsening of eye pathology such as astigmatism.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat astigmatism
Astigmatism is treated with Panchkarma therapies such as Virechana, Nasya, Anu Thailam, Netra anjana, Netra dhara, and Netra basti.
Foot and head massages are an essential part of the treatment. According to Ayurveda, both the sensory organ of the eyes and the body part of the feet are dominated by the element of Fire, so foot massage with medicated Ghee is beneficial to both the feet and the eyes.
Ayurvedic supplements used to treat eye diseases include: Amla, Tripala, Yashtimadhu, Cassia seeds, Aswagandharishtam, Gandhakarasayanam, Loha Sinduram, Makaradwajam, Valiya Bhringamalakadi Tailam, Elaneer Kuzhampu, and Anu Thailam.
Diet is a critical factor in maintaining the proper functioning of any organ or system in the body. Antioxidant-rich foods should always be included in the diet.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of astigmatism
- Avoid prolonged computer and television use
- Apply cotton pads dipped in rose water on your eyes
- Use ghee as an eye drop
- Drink carrot juice on a daily basis
- Avoid reading for long periods
Check the Ayurvedic treatment for other ophthalmology diseases:
Cataract, Conjunctivitis, Stye, Glaucoma, Myopia, Ophthalmology, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular degeneration, Hyperopia, Dry eye, Keratoconus, Squint (Strabismus), Pinguecula, Presbyopia, Eye allergies, Eye infections, Eye twitching, Eye floaters, Night blindness, Pterygium, Optic neuropathy.