Dry eyes in general terms are lack of moisture and lubrication on the eye surface. This results in irritation of surface of eye tissue. Dry eye sometimes affects cornea and conjunctiva resulting in complications related with vision.
- As side effect of some medicines. (Steven Johnson Syndrome)
- Dusty/dry/windy climate
- Excessive stay in air conditioning or heating system.
- Staring at tv, mobile or computer screen for lnger durations without blinking.
- Irritation of eyes.
- Redness and itching.
- Burning sensation in eyes.
- Pain and strained eyes.
Do's And Dont's
- Drink plenty of water.
- Increase intake of clarified butter if not having any other metabolic disease.
- Do regular exercise. Yoga and pranayama are very helpful.
- Avoid bright sunlight or other bright light.
- Stop smoking immediately.
- Avoid fast food and junk food.
- Avoid use of screen of mobile, t.v., and computer as much as possible.
- Regularize bowels.
Ayurvedic View Point
Dry eyes according to Ayurveda are due to vitiated vata dosha and hence the aim is also to maintain the balance of the same. The dried channels of eye are lubricated with Ayurveda medicines for fast reduction in symptoms. Natural and normal tear formation is gradually maintained.
Ayurvedic Treatment Of Dry Eyes
Ayurvedic treatment of dry eyes is done at two levels depending upon the clinical stage. In early stages, patient uses oral medicines and Ayurvedic eye drops to suppress the symptoms. In advanced stage, 3 weeks hospitalization is necessary to normalize tear secretion. Treatments like Virechana, nasya, nethradhara, lepa over eyes and tharpana are done in a specific manner to permanently remove the symptoms.