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Article: AYURVEDA FOR OPHTHALMIC DISORDERS: A REVIEW
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Nijil A. V *, Pradeep Kumar K
Abstract: Ayurveda is the science of life which describes both promotive aspects of eye health as well as the prevention of disease. ‘Sarvendriyanam Nayanam Pradhanam’ as because of eye has got the prime importance among Indriyas, prevention is important in case of eye diseases. Due to the changing lifestyle most of the people pay attention to their eyes only if they got any eye disorder. Hours of reading, writing, watching screen, using mobile phone, working on computer may affect the healthy eyes. Diseases like dry eye, computer vision syndrome, Age related macular degenerations (ARMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy may occur due to these lifestyle changes. Ayurvedic science has got several preventive and curative measures for eye diseases. Ahara and Vihara play a central role in preventing eye diseases. So daily regimens like Padabhyanga, Netra Prakshalana, Snana, Nasya, Anjana and Pathya Aharas along with Netra Vyayamas Yogasanas are the key for maintaining health of eyes. Review of these measures mentioned in ayurvedic classics for maintenance of eye health are explored in this article. Protection of eye is not only a necessity but also a responsibility of every individual.
Keyword: Eye health, Ayurveda, Dinacharya, Prevention