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Eye Injuries /
Long hours staring at a computer screen,
reading, writing, doing beadwork, sewing, tying flies, repairing
electronics equipment, or any close and detailed work can lead to
eye strain from overuse. Soreness of the muscles around the
eyeballs, weak or blurry vision, burning, watering, and
oversensitivity to light are common symptoms. Discomfort from minor
eye irritations (from smoke, pollutants, smog, or pollens), slight
abrasions (from contact lenses, sand, or dirt), or bruising injuries
can also often be relieved with homeopathy. If any eye has undergone
a traumatic injury, or if any symptoms are unusual or distressing,
see a physician right away.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Aconitum napellus: This remedy may
bring relief when foreign matter gets into the eye and causes
irritation. The person feels fearful and agitated — with eye pain,
heavy watering, and heightened sensitivity to light.
Apis mellifica: This remedy can be
helpful if the eyelids and surrounding areas get very puffy and
tender, with burning or stinging pain that cold applications
partially relieve. Apis can also be useful after
overexposure to very bright light (looking at snow in bright
sunlight or sun reflecting off the water for long periods, driving
into the sun, etc.) when the eyes feel sore and oversensitive.
Argentum nitricum: Aching from
overuse or detailed work, relieved by closing the eyes or pressing
on them, suggests a need for this remedy. The muscles around the
eyes feel weak and the person is unable to keep them focused and
steady. The whites or corners often look inflamed. Being in an
overheated room may aggravate the symptoms.
Arnica: This remedy can
bring relief to a person with a bruised, sore feeling in the eyes
after closely-focused work or from looking into the distance
(sightseeing, watching movies, etc. ) The person may feel a need to
keep the eyes open, getting dizzy when closing them.
Kali phosphoricum: This remedy can
be helpful when exhaustion from illness, overwork, or stress has led
to eyestrain. The eyes feel very tired and the vision seems blurred
and weak. A person who needs this remedy often startles easily and
is oversensitive to light.
Kalmia latifolia: Great stiffness
felt in the eyes and eyelids, worse when moving the eyes, suggests a
need for this remedy. The vision may seem to be impaired or weak. A
person who needs this remedy may also have nerve pains in the face
and teeth, or joint and muscle stiffness that shifts from place to
Natrum muriaticum: This remedy may
be useful if extended periods of reading or doing schoolwork have
led to a weak, bruised feeling in the eyes. The muscles around the
eyeballs can feel weak and stiff, and the letters on a page may
appear to run together. The eyelids feel heavy, and the person may
be inclined toward headaches.
Ruta graveolens: This remedy is
often indicated for eyestrain caused by overuse. Stiffness and pain
can lead to headaches, and soreness and pressure are felt behind the
eyeballs. The eyes may become inflamed and swollen, with heavy
watering and oversensitivity to light. The person may also have
problems with focusing the eyes or accommodating to changes in
Symphytum: This is an important
remedy when the eyeball has been bruised or injured by a blow from a
blunt object (for example a tool-handle, baseball, or rock).
Injuries to the eyeball can be serious, and should always be
examined by a doctor.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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