Ayurvedic Treatment for Short Sight (Nearsightedness)


Short sight is very very common nowadays. The main symptom is inability to see distant objects. Since the patient is able to see  objects only in short distance, the condition is commonly known as short sightedness or nearsightedness. The reason for this condition is a defect in refraction so that light rays are not converged properly on retina. Any mechanical aids such as glasses, contact lens etc are only supporting aids. That means, when the device is removed, the problem remains as such. Generally, short sight develops in childhood. As the child grows, the problem also grows and the glasses also should be changed (power of the glass is to be increased)

Ayurveda has a medicinal approach to this problem. There are different steps in the treatment : 


  1. Internal medicines – Internal medicines are aimed to improve the nervous system of the eye and thereby increase the functional capacity of the organ. 
  2. External treatment procedures – There are different treatment procedures for the treatment of ophthalmic procedures. Among these, nasyam, tharpanam, putapakam and aschotanam are selected for the treatment of short sight. The medicines selected for these procedures will be specific to the individual. Through these procedures, the refractive media are brought to normal stage so that the error in the refraction is controlled. 
  3. Practice eyeball movements – Practice of Scientifically arranged eyeball movements will maintain the flexibility and elasticity of eye muscles so that the curvature of the structures, movements of the structures etc can be maintained in normal position. 

A combined action of all these three steps will bring good results.