Ayurvedic treatment for Eye twitching

Eye twitching

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Eye twitching Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS EYE TWITCHING?

The twitching of eye refers to the sudden often uncontrolled quivering movement of the eyelid, usually in one eyelid only. This is medically called as Myokymia of the eye. This twitching of the eyelid may be barely noticeable in some cases, while it may be worrisome in many others. Often the twitching subsides by itself in a short time, but it may recur after some time.1

Most of the times, the twitching occurs in the upper lid, but sometimes it can occur in both upper and lower lids. The twitching typically lasts for about a minute and happens every few seconds. They are painless, but prolonged twitches may bother you.2

As per Ayurveda, twitching of eye lids is caused by vitiation of Vata dosha, and is also an outcome of manas karana (mental causes such as stress).3

Causes

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EYE TWITCHING CAUSES

Eyelid twitches often present without a cause, but sometimes they may be caused or worsened by:1,2

  • Alcohol intake
  • Exposure to bright light
  • Excess caffeine intake
  • Fatigue
  • Irritation of the eye
  • Physical exertion
  • Smoking
  • Side effects of medicines
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Dry eyes
  • Environmental irritants such as air pollution and wind

Symptoms

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EYE TWITCHING SYMPTOMS

The most common symptoms are sudden and uncontrolled twitching movements of the eyelid.1

Diagnosis

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EYE TWITCHING DIAGNOSIS

Generally the diagnosis is made by inspection and patient’s complaints/history.1

At times, some tests may be required to determine the cause of the twitching. These tests include simple eye exam, some lab tests and imaging tests.1

Management

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EYE TWITCHING AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

In the Ayurvedic classics, netra tarpana (nourishment of eye through oleation/administering) with herbal oil or Ghrit (Ghee) is advised to heal the condition. This provides symptomatic relief from the irritation.4 

The following ahar (or diet) and vihar (or lifestyle) are recommended for all kinds of eye diseases.

Local treatment procedures for eyes are explained in the name of netra kriya kalpa or the therapeutic procedures to manage eye diseases that include Netratarpana (), Parisheka (irrigation with water/ medicated decoctions), Bidalaka (eye pastes), Aaschyotana (eye drops) and Anjana (eye salves).6

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Recommended foods that should be included in the diet every day such as ghee, milk, rock salt, honey, patola (snake gourd), red rice, green gram, wheat, triphala (3 fruits), carrots and leafy vegetables5 
  • Avoid foods such as sour foods, dry meat, all alcohols, select sea fishes, curd, tobacco, excessive hot and fatty foods 5

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Avoid excessive/long exposure to computers
  • Walk regularly
  • Wear headgear such as caps and hats, and eyegear such as sunglasses to protect from UV radiations
  • Properly clean the eye everyday
  • Make sure you get good sleep regularly
  • Make it a habit to wake up early

Massaging ghee on soles is said to to be be beneficial for general health of eyes in Ayurveda

FAQS

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  1. How does Glaucoma develop?

The primary cause of developing Glaucoma is having an increased pressure inside the eye. This leads to damage of the optic nerve – that affects the vision. The increase of pressure is due to the accumulation of the fluid of the eye called as Aqueous humor. This accumulation is either because the fluid is not being drained or it is being overproduces. The reasons for these to happen are not fully understood but probable causes are genetic.1

  1. I am diagnosed with dry AMD. Are there any recommendations of herbs/foods that are beneficial in this case?

As per Ayurveda, herbs like Triphala [3 fruits of haritaki (chebulic myrobalan), bibhitaki (Beleric myrobalan) and amalki (gooseberry), Tulsi (Basil), Spirulina, Punarnava (Hogweed/Boerrhavia diffusa), Shatavari (Asparagus) having anti-oxidant and vitamin properties. These along with carotene containing foods (such as carrots) are beneficial in dry AMD.

  1. What is Myopia? How does one get it?

Myopia is refractive error. It means that due to the elongation of the eyeball, the rays of light coming from distant object do not come directly on the retina but falls in front of it. This is because the cornea or lens is not curved smoothly, causing improper refraction of light rays.

It is very common and generally develops slowly. It is found across age groups – from children to adults. It also tends to run in families.

  1. What is astigmatism, how is it caused?

Astigmatism is refractive error. Due to unknown causes, if the curvature of cornea or lens is disturbed, the rays of light coming from an object would not come directly on the retina but falls either in front or beyond it. This leads to a blurring of vision and in Astigmatism this blurring can happen either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

  1. What are the causes of a red eye?

Conjunctivitis or red eye is caused due to a swelling of the conjunctiva (The membrane covering the eyeball). This is often due to an infection of the membrane. The causes of the infection are either a virus or bacteria. Sometimes, conjunctivitis may also occur due to a reaction or splash of chemical irritant inside the eye.

  1. What is cataract? How does one know if he/she has cataract?
    Cataract refers to the cloudy appearance of the lens of the eye which causes a clouded vision. Due to the clouding of the vision, a person suffering from cataract finds it very difficult to see properly, read anything or even drive a car.

There may be no signs and symptoms at an early stage but as the condition progresses, the following signs and symptoms are observed1 -

  • Clouding of vision, blurring of images
  • High sensitivity to direct light or glare
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light
  • Observing ‘halo’ effect around lights
  • Rapid changes in the focal numbers of eyeglasses/contact lens
  • Double vision
  1. What should I do for dry eyes?

For those suffering from dry eyes, avoidance of factors such as long hours on TV/Computer along with adequate body hydration are recommended. Regular blinking and few eye exercises as mentioned should be followed.

  • Blinking exercise: Blinking of eyes for a particular period at frequent intervals
  • Palming: Rubbing the palms of hands and placing them gently over the eye lids.
  • Eye rotation: Rotation of the eye ball in all directions at frequent intervals.
  1. I have double vision. What could be the cause and how can it be evaluated?

A complete medical history and a detailed eye examination are required to diagnose the exact cause for diplopia. Additional tests may be required to find any underlying nervous or mechanical cause, which are -

  • Retinoscopy – to test for the appearance of the lens, retina and images
  • Slit lamp examination - to test for certain structures inside the eye
  • A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) scan may be needed, to detect abnormalities of the eye socket (orbit), skull and brain.
  1. How does one develop allergy in the eye?

An allergic reaction starts when a person’s immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance for a dangerous attacker. The cells in the eye produce antibodies to an allergen on first contact. When a similar contact with the substance happens again, the same antibodies signal the immune system to release chemicals - called histamine - into the bloodstream, causing a reaction that leads to the signs and symptoms.

Common allergy triggers for the eye, include many allergens existing in air, or certain types of foods and different venoms through insect stings - such as bee stings or wasp stings or certain medications.

  1. What kind of infection can commonly occur in the eye?

Eye infections are known to cause swelling and irritations in the eye, and are caused either by a bacteria, fungus or virus. The common eye infections seen are Conjunctivitis or red eye and Stye. Conjunctivitis causes a swelling of the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the eyeball) and stye is an infection in the eyelids. This is often due to an infection of the membrane. While this condition does not affect the vision, it causes a lot of irritation in the eye and discomfort.

References

Eye twitching
  1. Mayo Clinic. Eye twitching. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/eye-twitching/basics/definition/sym-20050838 accessed Sept 11th 2016
  2. Holland K and Cherney K. Eyelid Twitch. Health Line. Available at http://www.healthline.com/health/eyelid-twitch#Overview1, accessed Sept 13th 2016
  3. Sahoo PK et al. Concept of Preventive Opthalmology in Ayurveda. Int J Res Ayur Pharm. Apr 2016; 7(2): 115-119
  4. Kanaujia S et al. Concept of Allergic Conjunctivitis on Ayurvedic Prospectus. J Biol Scien Opin. 2016; 4(3): 101-103
  5. Prakash SC et al. Ayurvedic Opthalmology an Approach through Holistic Diet and Regimen. 2015; Vol. 1(2): 31-34
  6. Sushruta Samhita Uttartamtra. Commentary by ambikadutta Sastri. Chaukhambha Bharasanskrit Sansthana, Varanasi 221001. Reprint 1985. Chapter 6& 9
  7. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF KRIYAKALPA IN NETRA ROGA. Unique Journal of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicines, 03 (03), May-June 2015 14

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