Myopia or short-sightedness refers to difficulty in seeing objects at a distance. The light rays coming into the eyes are supposed to converge at a particular point on retina. However in myopia they start converging much ahead of retina, as a result of which the person has blurred vision of distant objects but clear vision of near objects. Myopia treatment in Ayurveda has effectively stopped further degeneration and improved vision in thousands of patients of all age.
Mechanical aids such as glasses, contact lens etc. are only supporting aids to this condition. It is like giving a walking stick to a person having pain in the legs. Supporting aids are not a solution to this problem. Short sight (myopia) has to be treated by identifying the root cause as per ayurvedic science. myopia normally develops from childhood. As the age of the patient increases, the problem also grows. The power of the glasses starts to increase. Hence, treatment for myopia has to be started as early as possible. The younger the age, the faster and better the results of treatment can be seen.
An example of effective management of myopia (short sight) in Ayurveda is given below, The ayurvedic eye treatment progresses in various phases as described below:
- External Treatment procedures with appropriate medicines – Ayurvedic science has various external ophthalmic treatment procedures to improve the functional capacity of the visual organ. A few examples are nasya, tharpanam, putapakam, aschotanam etc. Appropriate treatment procedures are to be selected based on the clinical condition and the dosha predominance of the patient. Every medicine has to be carefully selected considering each and every specific individual. These treatment procedures help to bring the refractive media of the eye to normal stage. This correction helps in controlling the errors in refraction.
- Practising Eye Ball movements and Eye Exercises– Patients are required to practice scientifically arranged eye exercises that are aimed to produce certain specific eyeball movements. These eyeball movements help to maintain the flexibility and elasticity of the eye muscles. This, in turn, will help to maintain the curvature and structures and movement of structures within the eye in normal position.
Combination of all the above methods will bring good results to patients suffering from short sight. It should be noted that the above details are very generic in nature and will vary from patient to patient. Also, the details given are for simple short sight. There are other situations in which loss of vision can happen due to many other factors and the above details are not applicable in such cases. Also, the treatment in Ayurveda takes time and increase in vision does not happen overnight or within a few days.
Natural Ways To Improve Eyesight
Natural eye tonic: Take 250g each of almonds, fennel (saunf), and mishri (crystallized sugar). Soak the almonds overnight, and make a powder of it after peeling. Fry fennel with a few drops of ghee and powder it as well. Mix the three together and store in a glass bottle. Mix two spoons of this in milk and drink to improve eyesight within three to six months.
Diet for good eyesight: Diet plays a very important role in Ayurveda, for your overall health. For better eyesight, your diet should include fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, oranges etc. You can also include cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, soya beans, dates and green peas in addition to fresh milk and cheese. Almonds are great for eyesight as well.
Herbs that improve eyesight: In Ayurveda there are certain herbs that have many intrinsic benefits. Triphala is one of these, and bhringraj or amla oil when applied over the eyes helps in enhancing eyesight. A teaspoon of powdered asparagus, and half a teaspoon of honey mixed together with milk is a wonderful natural tonic to help improve eyesight.
Easy exercises for eyesight: There are a few simple exercises that you can do every day that will benefit your eyes. Close both your eyes by shutting them firmly, and then open them suddenly. After you open them, stretch your face and arch your brows – practice this every day a few times. You can also rotate your eyes in different directions and slowly concentrate on one eye at a time. Try doing this a dozen times in a day. You can also rub your palms together and then place your hand over your eyes without touching the eyelids to reduce strain on the eyes and improve eyesight.
Triphala Rasayana: Triphala Rasayana is made by combining 100g of yellow myrobalan, 200g of bahera myrobalan, 400g of amla, and 700g of liquorice. Combine these ingredients after powdering them and store them in a glass bottle. Half a spoon of this mixed with ghee and a spoon of honey should be taken twice a day. This is a wonderful herbal mixture that is proven to enhance eyesight over time.
The above tips will help you improve your eyesight and maintain healthy eyes over time. Incorporating these good habits for the eyes into your routine is a great way to ensure that no issues arise for you when it concerns your eyes. In addition, whenever you use technology, do not forget to blink at regular intervals. If you have been working for a very long time, take a break and focus on another object or close your eyes for sometime – it helps your eyes take a break from being focused on the computer or smartphone screen.
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