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Diabetic Retinopathy Ayurvedic Treatment
Diabetic Retinopathy Ayurvedic Treatment

Three Benefits in selecting Ayurvedic Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy


Systematic ayurvedic eye treatment for diabetic retinopathy has three benefits:
  1. It prevents the onset. 
  2. It preserves the existing vision
  3. It regains lost vision. 
The stage when a patient starts treatment is very crucial. The outcome of treatment depends on it. Earlier the treatment, better the results.
Matha had identified Diabetic Retinopathy as a core focus area right from its inception. Matha is the first ayurvedic hospital to introduce a protocol for the specialized screening, prevention, and treatment program for diabetic retinopathy

I am Diabetic. Will this lead to Diabetic Retinopathy?

The first question most diabetic patients have is - will I get retinopathy? The answer to this question is not simple. It will vary from person to person. According to Ayurveda, factors contributing to the development of diabetic retinopathy are:
  • Chronicity of diabetes
  • Severity of diabetes
  • Hereditary factors
  • Body constitution – Dosha Prakriti
  • Environmental and occupational factors
  • Stress and strain
  • Dietary and other habitual factors.
There are many more frequently asked questions. Our doctors have compiled an Faq on ayurvedic treatment for diabetic retinopathy.

Three stages in Ayurvedic Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy

Matha was the first ayurvedic hospital to chart out a new direction in ayurvedic treatment of diabetic retinopathy, which is now widely accepted and followed by all the ayurvedic physicians treating diabetic retinopathy. 


The first stage of diabetic retinopathy starts as a complication of diabetes mellitus. It has no warning signs before onset. Proactive diabetic patients undergo regular eye checkups. Even if they have no vision problems. This helps to identify symptoms even before the start of vision loss. We have identified the initial symptoms of retinopathy from past treatment experience. Mild headache and eye strain while reading is main among them. Strain while working on the computer and watching T.V come next. Fullness is a warning sign. So is the heaviness of head and eye, particularly in the early morning. Hypersensitivity to bright light and watering of the eyes are also typical symptoms. Getting the opportunity to start treatment at this early stage is valuable. It helps prevent the disease altogether. Matha follows proven ayurvedic treatments for diabetic retinopathy in this stage. According to ayurvedic science, this is the initial stage of Kapha predominance. It is also known as Nethrabhyshyandha. The line of treatment is sira-sodhanam. Treatments like Nasyam, Gandoosham, kablam, etc. are more preferable than ophthalmic applications.

The second stage of diabetic retinopathy happens it is not controlled during the first stage. Extend of this progress depends on the various contributing factors, described earlier. From our experience, there are typical symptoms at this stage also. They are blurring of vision and metamorphopsia. Burning sensation in the eye and photophobia are also seen. The primary pathological change seen in this stage is the dilation of vessels. Retinal vessels become congested. Blockages happen in the microvascular system of the retina. Retinal edema, hemorrhages, exudates, and neovascular changes are also common. Treatments starting in the third stage concentrate on two distinct aspects. A primary aim is to preserve and protect the existing vision. The second aim is to regain lost vision. According to Ayurveda, pitta is the predominant dosha in this stage. Pittasamana must be the line of treatment. The treatments done are Sirodhara, netrasekam, vitalakam aschotanam, and thalam. Strict dietary restrictions are also needed. Medication and diet control are not enough at this stage. Other precautions and care are also needed. For e.g., habitual factors like head bath, sleep, journey and oil application. Only an experienced ayurvedic ophthalmologist can do it. Systematic treatment at this stage avoids further vision loss and complications. Matha has successful treatments to protect the vision of affected patients.

Ayurvedic treatments offer a very wise mix of preventive and curative measures to treat diabetic retinopathy during the first and second stages.

In the third stage, patients experience severe problems. Macular hole, retinal detachment, and other degenerative changes are main among them. The disease has now turned to a complication. This happens when retinopathy is not treated in the second stage. Continuation of etiological factors is another reason for proceeding to the third stage. Now, a strict line of treatment is not possible. Ayurvedic treatment for diabetic retinopathy varies according to complication. For e.g., for the complications of detachment, treatment is on a Vata predominant approach. Pitta is an important treatment consideration for neo-vascularisation. For fluid accumulation, Kapha is the primary treatment factor. Systematic and high-level ayurvedic treatments are to be tailor-made for each specific complication. Confirmation of expected results happens only after a detailed assessment of the patient.

The Preventive approach

A preventive approach is the best option in Ayurveda for treating diabetic retinopathy. With each passing stage, the hurdles in treatment keep on increasing.

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