What is Keratoconus?
The cornea is a transparent layer in front of the eye that covers the iris, the pupil, and the anterior chamber. It is a transparent dome shaped structure, which helps to focus and control the entry of light into the eye. The bulging out of the cornea, like a cone, is known as keratoconus. Protein fibers assist in holding the cornea in place. In keratoconus, there is a weakening of these fibers, making it difficult for the cornea to remain in place and causing it to bulge out conically. These changes in the shape of the cornea can appear gradually or suddenly. In some cases, the progression of changes in the shape of the cornea stops after a while; while in others, these changes continue for many years. In advanced stages of keratoconus, there may be scarring of the cornea. Homeopathy offers treatment for many ophthalmic diseases. Keratoconus is one such condition where these medicines can help. Homeopathic treatment for keratoconus is safe and effective, using medicines which are sourced from natural substances. It can be used for people of all ages.
Causes for Keratoconus
The exact cause for keratoconus is not clear. Keratoconus runs in families. Genetic and environmental factors play a significant role in the development of keratoconus. The age at which it starts to appear varies between 10 years and early adulthood. Atopic diseases like allergies, eczema and harsh rubbing of the eyes predispose a person to keratoconus. Keratoconus is also common in individuals with Down’s Syndrome and Marfan Syndrome.
Symptoms of Keratoconus
Symptoms of keratoconus include blurred and double vision, sensitivity to bright light or photophobia, sudden changes in vision, seeing halos around bright lights, and poor night vision. In addition to this, monocular polyopia or perceiving more than two images of an object, is another dominant symptom of keratoconus. In keratoconus, usually both eyes are involved. However, the severity of the problem may vary for both eyes.
Homeopathic Medicines for Keratoconus
Some medicines for the homeopathic treatment for keratoconus are Calcarea Iodata, Euphrasia Officinalis, and Pulsatilla Nigricans. These medicines have no side effects. A detailed case taking, based on prominent symptoms, is required to select the appropriate homeopathic medicine for keratoconus. Every case of keratoconus needs to be considered individually, studied thoroughly, analyzed, and evaluated, to decide on the homeopathic prescription that will give the best results. Homeopathic medicine for keratoconus helps by managing the problem symptomatically. They also contribute in halting the progression of the keratoconus.