Dry eye is very common nowadays. The main symptoms are foreign body sensation, itching in the eyes, feeling of dryness, occasional redness especially while exposure to light and dust, pain in the eyes, and eyestrain.
Gradually, it leads to blurring of vision and difficulty to focus on bright objects and even unable to work on computer for a long time. In most cases, disturbed sleep is an associated symptom. Reason for dry eye are varied. Overwork with eyes, stress and tension, defective tear secretion, damage to surface layer of eyeball, atmospheric pollution, systemic disease which may influence the fluid system of the body etc are some of them.
Since the reasons are varying, for a perfect treatment, the basic reason also should be considered. Anyway, vata is the predominant vitiated factor in this condition. By suitable vata samana treatment procedures, the eye can be made lubricant and moisturized.
The aim of the treatment is
- To clear the channels so that circulation and thereby nourishment of the structure is maintained.
- Activate the glands to ensure the normal secretions for moistening the eyes.
Sirodhara, brimhana nasyam, sirovasthi, netra tharpanam, etc are the main treatment procedures for the management of dry eyes. The medicines for the procedures should be selected according to the clinical stage of the disease, prakriti of the patient, and the basic reason for the disease.
Note : if the condition becomes progressive and worse, chances of getting infection is very high. Then the treatment will be more tough. The same(earlier the better) is highly valuable in the treatment of dry eyes.