Nystagmus

Correct irregular eye movements with Ayurvedic Treatment & Panchakarma Procedures

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Nystagmus is a eye disorder which is caused by the aggaravation of Vata dosha according to the ayurveda. This disorder is known as Timira in the ayurvedic texts. Nystagmus treatment in ayurveda hence aims to correct the same. Nystagmus is generally seen in combination with other eye diseases. Hence the Nystagmus treatment in ayurveda aims to correct the underlying pathology. There are certain herbal medications and therapies that works best as the nystagmus treatment in ayurveda such as:

  1. Tripahala – This herbal medication is beneficial and act as nystagmus treatment in ayurveda. This has to be taken according to your doctor’s prescription.
  2. Snehapanam - It is characterized by the oral intake of ghee (purified buttermilk) made from cow's milk for internal purification before starting the panchakarma processes and it proves to be one of the best nystagmus treatment in ayurveda.
  3. Netra Trapana - Netra Tarpana is a therapy used as nystagmus treatment in ayurveda 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 drug is poured onto it such that the drug does not spill from the batter which is set around the eyes.

Nystagmus is a vision disorder involving rhythmic and uncontrolled movements of the eyes. These movements often result in reduced vision and depth perception and can affect balance and coordination of the eye. These irregular eye movements can occur from side to side, up and down, or in a circular pattern. The movement can vary between slow and fast and usually happens in both eyes. As a result, both eyes are unable to view objects. The study found that nystagmus was significantly more common among the white European population than in the Asian (Indian, Pakistani, other Asian backgrounds) populations.

Diagnosis

Nystagmus can be diagnosed by the eye professional by looking into the eye and getting for various tests. The doctor will first see your eyes and observe will first move slowly in one direction. Then they'll move quickly the other way. This disorder can be diagnose by following tests:

  1. Ear exam
  2. Neurological exam
  3. Brain MRI
  4. Brain CT scan
  5. Recording your eye movement

Nystagmus is most commonly caused by neurological problems, present at birth and various other causes of nystagmus include:

  1. Lack of development of normal eye movement control early in life.
  2. Very high refractive error, for example, myopia or astigmatism.
  3. Congenital cataracts.
  4. Inflammation of the inner ear.
  5. Medications such as anti-epilepsy drugs.
  6. Neurological diseases.
  7. Heredity.
  8. Albinism (lack of color, or pigmentation, in the skin).
  9. A wide range of eye problems in children, including cataracts and focusing problems.
  10. Inner ear problems, such as Meniere’s disease.
  11. Multiple sclerosis.
  12. Stroke (a common cause of acquired nystagmus in older people).
  13. Head injury (a common cause of acquired nystagmus in younger people).
  14. Use of certain medications, such as lithium or anti-seizure medications.

Nystagmus shows very few symptoms such as:

  1. Movement of eyes without control. It might be fast, then slow, then fast again. The movement might be in one eye, but it's usually in both eyes.
  2. Objects may seem a little blurry to children with nystagmus.
  3. If this condition develops as an adult, the world appears to move a little when you look around.
  4. This may also affect your vision. One might have a problem seeing in the dark.
  5. Develop sensitivity to bright light.
  6. The problem with balance and dizziness appears. These can be worse if you're tired or stressed.
  7. Headaches and defective vision.
  8. The symptoms also include fast, uncontrollable eye movements.

There are two basic types of nystagmus including:

  1. Congenital nystagmus - Congenital nystagmus is present at birth. As the name suggests, this type of nystagmus starts in infants, usually between 6 weeks and 3 months old. Children with this condition tend to have it in both eyes, with irregular eye movements. With this condition, the eyes move together as they oscillate.
  2. Acquired nystagmus - This type develops later in childhood or adulthood. The cause is often unknown, but it may be due to central nervous system, metabolic disorders or drug toxicity. It has many causes, including serious medical conditions or drug and alcohol use. Unlike children with congenital nystagmus, adults with nystagmus often say that things around them look shaky. This type can be caused by various diseases such as (multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, diabetic neuropathy, an accident (head injury), or a neurological problem.

Nystagmus cure at home can be done by following:

  1. Include food stuffs rich in vitamins, minerals help to strengthen the nervous system in your diet.
  2. Put two drops of cow ghee in eyes at night.
  3. Include citrus fruits and vitamin C in your diet.

There are various guidelines that one can do himself for a better nystagmus cure at home by including some minor changes in the lifestyles, such as:

  1. Avoid stress factors.
  2. Reading and composing around evening time should be avoided.
  3. One should walk bare foot on dew secured grass.
  4. Reading ought not be done while lying in bed.
  5. Keep the bowels clear.
  6. Take a good sound sleep at night for approximately 6-7 hours.
  7. Avoid fast and fry food.