Pterygium

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For pterygium treatment in ayurveda, one has to reach out for the cause of pterygium according to the ayurveda. In ayurveda, it is described as ‘Arma’ described according to dosha dominance. There are various pterygium treatment in ayurveda that are benificial. The approximate time duration for ayurvedic treatment of Pterygium is 6 months to 1 yr depending upon the conditions.

Two types of treatment are available in Ayurvedic texts:

  1. Medical treatment – When Arma is small, white like curd or blue mixed with red colour and thin in consistency, treatment are indicated like with Lekhadha Anjana for scrarifying action. Others drugs used in Arma are Harad, Baheda, Amla, Haridra, Daruharidra, Madhuyasti, Ilaichi, Lahshuna etc.
  2. Another treatment is the surgical treatment done when Arma is fleshy, thick and surrounded by tendon and muscle which encroached upon the cornea is indicated for excision.

Various drugs used for relieving pain and congestion – boiled milk with Karanja seed, Amalaki fruit and Madhuka (Honey) added with honey used as Ashchyotana. Madhuka, Utapal kinjala, Durva are made in paste with milk added with Ghee and applied as cold poultice on the head, it gives best relieve.

Pterygium is derived from Latin word ‘pterygion’ which means a wing, hence it is a wing-shaped fold of conjunctiva obtruding upon the cornea from either side. It is a growth of fleshy tissue. It can remain small or grow large enough to cover part of the cornea. The growth might spread slowly during your life or stop after a certain point. In extreme cases, it can cover your pupil and cause vision problems. The growth could show up in one eye or both. When it affects both, it’s known as a bilateral pterygium. It is most commonly found in elderly people working in hot climate.

Diagnosis

Pterygium eye treatment is done after the diagnosis by a professional. The eye doctor may diagnose this condition based on a physical examination using a slit lamp. This lamp allows your doctor to see your eye with the help of magnification and lighting. The doctor also needs to do additional tests, they may include:

  1. Visual acuity test - This test involves reading letters on an eye chart.
  2. Corneal topography - This medical mapping technique is used to measure curvature changes in your cornea.
  3. Photo documentation - This procedure involves taking pictures to track the growth rate of the pterygium.

The exact cause of pterygium isn’t known. But here are some

  1. One explanation is that too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can lead to these growths.
  2. It occurs more often in people who live in warm climates and spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environments.
  3. People whose eyes are exposed to certain elements on a regular basis have a higher risk of developing this condition. These elements include- pollen, sand, smoke and wind.
  4. Exposure to excessive amounts of ultra-violet light is thought to be the most significant cause of pterygia, which are more common in people living in sunny areas.
  5. Having light skin and light eyes may put you at increased risk of getting a pterygium.

Though it isn’t usually a serious condition, it can cause annoying symptoms such as:

  1. One might feel like you have something in your eye.
  2. Eyes may get red and irritated and require medical or surgical treatment.
  3. You might also feel self-conscious because people may ask you about your eye being red all the time.
  4. Dryness of the eye due to reduced tear production.
  5. Vision is affected in the severe cases.
  6. It can also result in blurred vision.
  7. It might feel like you have something stuck in the eye. It may become red thereafter.
  8. Another major symptom is a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that lines your eyelids and covers your eyeball.
  9. Lesion can develop that can distort the corneal surface.

Depending upon the progression pterygium is divided into two types:

  1. Progressive pterygium - It is thick, fleshy and vascular with a few infiltrates at the cornea in front of the head of the pterygium called cap.
  2. Regressive pterygium - It is thin, atrophic, and attenuated with very little vascularity with no infiltrate in cornea or cap. Cap is infiltration of leucocytes and an indication of progression.

Pterygium eye treatment can also be done at home by natural means such as:

  1. Keep a cotton swab soaked in rose water over the eyes for 10 – 15 minutes in a day, it can relieve symptoms like strain and pain in eyes.
  2. Pure honey 1 drop in both eyes in the morning is a good pterygium eye treatment.
  3. Put rose water inside the eyes for redness to curb the excess heat.

Pterygium removal naturally can be done with the help of some preventive measures and changes in the lifestyle such as:

  1. Use sunglasses that block out ultra-violet light (close-fitting, wrap around).
  2. Wear sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim when move outdoors.
  3. Avoid exposure to various irritants eg: smoke, dust, wind and chemical pollutants
  4. Use appropriate eye safety measures in work environments.
  5. Use artificial tears when your eyes are dry.
  6. Pterygium removal naturally is also possible by avoiding dusty and windy climate.
  7. Avoid working in high temperatures.
  8. Pterygium natural treatment is done by doing some lifestyle changes such as reduction in watching T.V, working on computer for longer duration of time.
  9. Frequently splash cold water in the eyes.