Ayurveda has an important role to play in infective eye diseases which needs to be explored scientifically. According to ayurveda this disease is an acquired disease and hence should be treated according to the symptoms. Various therapies are there for the natural corneal ulcer treatment in ayurveda which includes – netradhara, anjanam, Virechana, and Nasya, etc. Wound healing drugs are selected for nethradhara and anjana. Jatimukuladi varti anjanam and Jatayadi gtm, Doorva ghrit in eyes are very effective. The target of corneal ulcer treatment is the earliest healing of wounds so that the chances of scar formation can be minimized.
- Nethradhara – This corneal scar treatment or therapy is done for tired and problematic eyes, and nervous exhaustion, Nethradhara involves the use of natural coolants laced with Ayurvedic powders.
- Anjanam - It helps to expel the contaminations from eyes, and influences it to clear and enhances vision. Gives a general cooling, invigorating and alleviating feeling to the eyes. This corneal scar treatment incorporates releasing of herbal medications to concentrate over the eyes in the body in a consistent stream is named as Anjanam.
- Virechana - Virechana therapy is a purification therapy and one among the five healing therapies of Panchakarma. It is considered as the best natural corneal ulcer treatment in ayurveda.
- Netra Tarpana - Netra Tarpana is used as cone dystrophy treatment as both preventive and corrective treatment for maintaining the ordinary solid-state of eyes. A mixture made by gram flour is pasted around both the eyes and drugs are poured onto it such that the drug does not spill from the batter which is set around the eyes.
A corneal ulcer is defined as a loss of corneal tissue, often associated with inflammation, and is also called as ulcerative keratitis for the group of disease processes leading to corneal ulceration. A corneal ulcer is considered as an open sore of the cornea which is due to epithelial inflammations. At the front of the eye is a clear layer of tissue called the cornea, through which light enters the eye. Most of the corneal ulcers are infectious, including bacterial and viral infections. Noninfectious ulcers may be due to chemical burns or autoimmune, toxic, neurotrophic, or various other causes. It is considered as one of the most common global causes of irreversible blindness due to corneal diseases.
Initially, it is managed medically and if the treatment fails surgical interventions are considered. But as an alternative to this, corneal ulcer natural treatment is managed very well with the help of ayurveda at Prakash Nethralaya.
Diagnosis of Corneal Ulcer:
People with a corneal ulcer should visit an eye doctor as soon as they feel the causes. If the ulcer is related to an underlying systemic disorder, consultation with your primary care physician and/or a rheumatologist may be indicated.
There are a wide variety of corneal ulcers causes, including:
- The major corneal ulcer cause is infection majorly bacterial and viral ones.
- Water exposure to contact lenses is a major risk factor for Acanthamoeba bacterial infection.
- Viral infections are also possible for corneal ulcer causes. Such viruses include the herpes simplex virus (the virus that causes cold sores) or the varicella virus (the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles).
- Various disorders that affect the eyelid and prevent the eye from closing completely, such as Bell's palsy, can dry your cornea and make it more vulnerable to corneal ulcers.
- Chemical burns or other caustic solution splashes can injure the cornea and lead to corneal ulceration.
- People who wear daily-wear contact lenses are at an increased risk of corneal ulcers.
- Another cause of corneal ulcer is herpes simplex virus infection (ocular herpes), which can damage the exterior and sometimes even deeper layers of the eye's surface.
The major corneal ulcer symptoms are as follows:
- Redness of the eye
- Severe pain and soreness of the eye
- The feeling of having something in your eye
- Pus or other discharge
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Swelling of the eyelids
- A white spot on your cornea that you may or may not be able to see when looking in the mirror
- Inflammation of the eyelids
- A white or gray round spot on the cornea that is visible with the naked eye if the ulcer is large
Along with the corneal ulcer treatment in Ayurveda here are some various preventive measures and lifestyle changes should be taken care of such as:
- Aloe vera - The paste of aloe vera wrapped in a gauge piece is to be kept over the closed eyes to reduce pain and redness.
- Apply cool compresses to the affected eye.
- Mild hot fomentation over the eyes can relieve the pain
- One should avoid sleeping while wearing your contact lenses
- Always wash and dry your hands before handling the lenses. Never use saliva to lubricate your lenses because the bacteria from your mouth can harm your cornea.
- Rinsing your eyes to remove any foreign objects
- Washing your hands before touching your eyes
- Do not excessively rub the eye
- Avoid the use of mobile and screen, Computer and T.V
Eyes are one of the most important organs in the body. Taking care of an eye is as important as our body. Various lifestyle changes to get rid of corneal scar as follows:
- Habits like continuously staring at screens or monitors, which leads to the straining of eyes should be avoided or reduced.
- Ensuring proper lighting while using your eyes are some of the healthy lifestyle habits one should adopt.
- Sleep is also important to ensure eyes are maintained healthy and get rid of corneal scarring.