Ayurvedic Treatment for keratokonus


Keratoconus is a condition in which the cornea of the eyeball becomes conical in shape. Naturally, the shape should be spherical. It may be congenital (by birth), or acquired (developed later). The main reason for this condition is considered to be the progressive thinning of the cornea. Since the curvature of the cornea has an important role in refraction, and focusing the light rays on the retina, and thereby maintaining normal vision, any defect in the shape will create visual problems. It cannot be corrected with glass and even by contact lenses. 

In Ayurveda, the condition can be diagnosed as the vitiation of vata which affects the cornea. So, vata samana treatment procedures are selected for the management of keratoconus. The aim of the treatment is :

  1. To strengthen the cornea so that it will not bulge outwards and will keep the normal shape. 
  2. Improve the functional capacity of the organ including the nervous system so as to improve the vision. 


To achieve the above aims, there are various methods in Ayurveda : 


  1. Internal medicines – These are selected according to the condition of the patient and clinical stage of the disease. 
  2. External treatment procedures – From among the various treatment procedures, aschotanam, netra tharpanam, and putapakam are highly useful in keratoconus. The medicines for these procedures should be selected by an experienced hand only. 
  3. Practice scientifically arranged eyeball movements so that the shape of the eyeball can be kept intact. 

All the above three steps together will serve the purpose.