Refractive errors are eye disorders where the images are focussed either in front or behind the sensitive layer of retina instead of getting focussed upon the retina.Uncorrected refractive errors is the leading cause of vision impairment & the second leading cause of blindness.Refractive Error (or ametropia) includes myopia or short sightedness,hypermetropia or far sightedness, astigmatism & presbiopia.In myopia the images are focussed infront of retina.Hypermetropia is a condition wherein the images are focussed behind the retina.In Astigmatism there is blurred near & distant vision due to defects in the curvature of eyes. Presbiopia is age related far sightedness.
In Ayurveda visual disturbances are mentioned under Drishti gata rogas (diseases affecting centre of vision).Ayurvedic classics explains Timira as a visual disturbance syndrome in which a large number of ocular diseases can be included.It includes conditions which start from simple visual disturbance to complete loss of vision.
The symptoms presented as blurred, indistinct & distorted vision can be taken in account for refractive errors.In vatha predominance timira the vision will be vyavidhyani (distorted/wavy), avilani (unclear/blurred),chala (unsteady) & arunabhani (reddish hue/chromatopsia).The vyavidhyani & avilani vision can be taken in consideration for ametropia.The initial stages of timira roga limited to the superficial two patalas (layers) can be concluded as refractive errors.
Vathika Timira treatment can be generally administered for refractive errors.Treatment modalities like Snehapana (administration of medicated ghee),Virechana (purgation therapy),Nasyam (medicated nasal drops) & Nethrakriya procedures like Tarpana (medicated ghee kept in eye for a specific period),Putapaka (topical application of extract into eyes for speculated time),Anjana (medicated kajal),Seka (pouring of medicated solution on closed eyes) etc are administered with appropriate medicines considering the stage of disease & condition of the patient.Along with the treatments eye friendly diet & regimen will be advised.
AyurVAID has pioneered evidence based, Precision Ayurveda based protocols for Ocular treatment. Following the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, our physicians go for an assessment of the symptoms and health factors of each patient to perform non surgical,non invasive & cost effective management of refractive errors
The nethra kriyakalpas (treatment procedures for eyes) & shodhana( purification therapy) will definitely help in the management of refractive errors without making any harm to the eyes.Along with the treatment,diet good for the eyes, changes to be made in our lifestyle and habits for improving the health condition of eyes etc will also be advised.
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Ayurvedic treatments can successfully prevent the progression of refractive errors from getting it worse.The therapeutic treatments subsequently checks by preventing worsening of the vision without imposing any adverse reaction to the user.