Homeopathy – A Sight for Sore Eyes

Homeopathy is a gentle, non-invasive treatment option for many eye ailments.

The eye is a very complex structure and any eye problem requires an examination by the veterinarian. It is never easy for one to tell what kind of damage is being done, or has been done, to the outer or inner workings of the eye, so this area is best left to the experts. The veterinarian's recommendations for enhancing the healing process may very well include a homeopathic remedy, as homeopathy can be of great value in promoting rapid and complete recovery. There are many homeopathic remedies that have an affinity with the eyes, and they have proven to be very helpful in many eye conditions, from injuries to infections. The remedies may be used alone or with other treatments. Your homeopathic veterinarian can recommend potencies (12X, 30X, 12C and 30C are generally available at your local health food store). The remedies that follow have more to their pictures than what is listed, so for a complete description of the remedy, consult your homeopath or a Materia Medica.

One prime remedy is homeopathic Euphrasia, and it is derived from the plant commonly known as (and appropriately named) Eyebright. Euphrasia's symptom picture includes inflamed conjunctivae, profuse tears or watering of the eyes, mucus production and discharge, and irritation or burning from the discharges. The eyelids may be swollen and there is more frequent blinking. There may also be pus or watery discharges from the nostrils. Euphrasia is also indicated for little blisters on the cornea, opacities, rheumatic iritis, and drooping of the upper eyelid. Ophthalmia, in conjunction with constipation and various other problems, is also listed among its uses. Conditions are generally worse in the evening, and from warmth, being indoors, from light and wind. Conditions are better from being in the dark.

The external use of Euphrasia solution is an excellent addition to the treatment with homeopathic Euphrasia. One part Euphrasia mother tincture to 10 parts pure water, gently warmed and applied with an eyedropper or syringe several times daily, is a soothing and healing rinse. A solution of Hypericum and Calendula mother tinctures diluted similarly (one part of each to 20 parts of water) can be used if the eye ailment is very painful or if Euphrasia is not available. A pinch of pure salt such as sea salt can be added to help soothe the membranes in many conditions, though the Hypericum in the solution often provides visible instant relief.

Another important remedy with indications for eye ailments is Ledum. Ledum is not just for puncture wounds and tetanus. It is also very useful in treating conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, deposits of solid, earthy matter in the tissues, blood vessel leakage into surrounding tissues, lids, conjunctiva, aqueous, and vitreous. Thus it is indicated for blunt trauma to the eye. Conditions are generally better from cold (get out the cold pack), and are worse at night.

Symphytum is not only useful for bone fractures; it is also very useful in traumatic injuries of the eye, especially from a blunt object. 

Homeopathic Arnica is an important remedy that is generally useful for any injury, and is always worth administering until a more suitable remedy can be determined. 

Hamamelis, from the plant commonly known as witch hazel, has an affinity with venous circulation and passive hemorrhages, including bloodshot eyes. It has been known to aid absorption of blood from intra-ocular hemorrhages. Conditions are worse from warm, moist air.

Phosphorus is a remedy that is indicated for problems with any structures of the eye – retinitis, iritis, conjunctivitis and glaucoma.

For many chronic conditions, such as corneal opacities, cataracts, and moon blindness, several remedies can be surprisingly helpful. Consult your homeopathic veterinarian to determine which remedy or remedies may be most appropriate for the situation. Most chronic problems will do better from a constitutional approach, although some of the following remedies are very good constitutional remedies in general, and may be quite appropriate. Healing can be a slow process that may produce discharge and other visible changes that may or may or may not be indications of healing, so be sure to seek the guidance of an experienced homeopath.

Silicea is not only useful for chronic abscesses, ill effects of vaccinations, and many hoof problems, it is also very useful for sinuses and fistula such as inflamed and blocked tear ducts, for styes, discharges of pus, inflammation of the iris, pus in the anterior chamber, cataracts, keratitis, ulcerated cornea and moon blindness. Symptoms are worse from cold, a new moon, and in the morning; better from warmth, summer, and wet, humid weather.

Calcarea fluorica is helpful in cataracts, spots on the cornea, blistery inflammation of the cornea, conjunctivitis, and cysts of the eyelid.

Calcarea phosphorica is helpful for corneal opacities generally following an abscess.

Cannabis sativa is helpful for corneal opacities that progress to the formation of cataracts.

Mercurius solubilis has proven to be useful for conjunctivitis with a greenish discharge.

Kali bichrom is the remedy of choice for conditions with a tough, ropy, stringy, yellow discharge. It is also helpful for iritis, painless corneal ulcers without sensitivity to light, and inflammation with little pain.

When treating eye problems, one should consider the advantages of using gentle, non-invasive homeopathy, whether alone or in conjunction with other therapies. Homeopathy is powerful medicine that enables the body to use its own sensible, curative means. Using homeopathic remedies and enlisting the expertise of an experienced homeopath may bring a ray of hope to even 'hopeless' cases, with the possibility for recovery even when conventional methods fail. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and the length of time it has been active. 

This is an informational article only and is not intended to replace veterinary or professional care.


For more information:

The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH)

751 N.E. 168th Street

North Miami Beach, FL 33162-2427

305-652-1590

www.acadvethom.org

National Center for Homeopathy

801 North Fairfax St., Suite 306

Alexandria, VA 22314

703-548-7790

www.homeopathic.org

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