Conjunctivitis – When The Eyes To The Soul Become Clouded

In the western world, there is a very common condition that affects a great many people during their lifetime one that children are especially prone to. Termed pink eye, or conjunctivitis,

It is a condition that causes an inflammation of the eyes white outermost layer and often spreads to the inner surface of the eyelid. When an eye is infected with conjunctivitis, it changes the appearance of the eye, affecting it with a pink or reddish tone or colouring. Apart from this obvious change in colour it also creates sensations of itching, burning, acute pain and a sensation of scratchiness, like two pieces of fine grit sandpaper being rubbed against one another. An increase of tears are often another symptom of conjunctivitis, along with difficulty opening the infected eye in the morning due to another symptomatic side effect when the eye is stuck shut, which is mostly caused by discharge which is expelled throughout the night that adheres to the eyelashes while they are closed and the dries out during the night, effectively gluing  the eye shut.

Symptoms and Causes

Conjunctivitis can also be responsible for the swelling up of the white area of the eye, In cases of conjunctivitis caused by allergies, the sensation of itching can become far more pronounced and common. There have been cases of Conjunctivitis infecting and thereby affecting both of the eyes as opposed to just the one

The leading causes of conjunctivitis are viral followed by bacterial. Viral infections can regularly occur alongside all of the standard symptoms associated with the common cold. Conjunctivitis. Is highly contagious, with both viral and bacteria cases spreading easily between people.

Another common cause of conjunctivitis is proneness to allergies like pollen or animal hair. Most often a diagnosis of conjunctivitis is largely based on the physical signs and symptoms of the individual being examined, although there are cases where a sample of the discharge from the eye is sent if for culture testing.

Washing your hands, as simple as it may seem, is, in fact, a great preventative measure when it comes to cross-contamination. In most of the cases that are caused by viral infection, there is no specific treatment. Generally, treatment is dictated and decided upon by the underlying cause. In the majority of cases where the onset was bacterial in nature, the infection will also resolve itself without treatment, however, in light of this, some people will request s short course of antibiotics to shorten the duration of the infection. Cases that are offset by allergy will respond to a treatment regime of antihistamines or mast cell inhibitor drops. However, in cases where patients infections were caused by contact lenses or the STD’ chlamydia or gonorrhoea must be treated with antibiotics.

In the United States alone it is estimated that up to six million people are affected by conjunctivitis, typically cases of adult conjunctivitis are viral whilst children are mainly affected by bacterially. Two to three weeks is the standard period of time that it takes before the condition improves. However if the condition doesn’t improve during that time, or there are symptoms such as significant pain sensitivity to light or loss of vision or any of the symptoms typical of herpes, the additional diagnosis and treatment may be required. Neonatal conjunctivitis, which is conjunctivitis in a newborn may require a specific course of treatment.

The Ayurvedic Line Of Treatment

In the system of Ayurvedic, Medicine conjunctivitis is known as Netrabhishyanda, the eyes are often referred to as the windows to the soul.  They are also one of the main sites of Pitta dosha named alocha. Excessive heat and other aspects of the fire element can and have been known to accumulate within the eyes resulting in symptoms such as bloodshot and strained eyes, extreme dryness and diminishing visibility.

Overuse of the eyes, caused by actions such as detailed design work or extended periods of time spent having to focus on a computer screen may result in the need to give your eyes extra nutrition and periods of rest. Netra Tarpana is highly beneficial in this regard. As a treatment, Netra Tarpana provides extra lubrication to your eyes, creates a sense of coolness and nourishes and rejuvenates the eyes. By cleansing the delicate channels that are affiliated with both inner and outer vision the treatment improves your overall sense of perception completely and helps to restore clarity and brightness to the eyes as it expels any impurities that have accumulated in the region of the eyes. It can also be of great benefit in treating the early formation of cataracts and promotes relaxation of the eye which helps with sleep. Netra Tarpana is also used to treat and combat the conditions of Glaucoma and Chronic Conjunctivitis.

The treatment is performed by two therapists and involves creating a pool of pure ghee (which is organic clarified butter) over the eyes, within which the eyes then comfortably rest in the ghee.

The Benefits of Netra Tarpana

The treatment provides manifold benefits and addresses issues such as the relief of strain caused by exposure to the constant glare of computer and TV screens. It helps to deal with any refractive errors of the eyes, the formation and treatment of Corneal Ulcers, Chronic Conjunctivitis and Dry Eye Syndrome and Glaucoma. It also targets and treats any eye diseases that are directly due to the aggravation and imbalance of Pitta and Vata toxins and helps to address improper coordination and the loss of the actual eyeball, the early formation of cataract and any sensations such as pain or burning in the actual eyes.