Homeopathy Tips for 11/02/10 Glaucoma

Glaucoma is optic nerve damage , often associated with increased ocular pressure, that leads to progressive and irreversible loss of vision.  Glaucoma is the third leading cause of blindness and effects around 14 million people worldwide. It happens when there is an imbalance in the production and drainage the of aqueous humor leading to an increased eye pressure.

Normally the aqueous humor, which nourishes the eye, is produced in the ciliary body behind the iris and flows to the front of the eye where it drains into canals between the iris and the cornea. When this process is working normally the inflow equals the drainage and normal eye pressure is maintained.

In glaucoma the canals that drain the fluid become clogged, blocked or covered and the fluid increases pressure and effects the optic nerve in the back of the eye. When the optic nerve becomes damaged glaucoma is the result. There are two types of glaucoma;

  • Open-angle glaucoma – This is the most common type of glaucoma. In open angle the drainage canals become clogged or blocked slowly over months or years and slowly increases eye pressure. The fluid continues to drain but is slow and damage is also slow and progressive.
  • Closed-angle glaucoma – This type is a much less common type of glaucoma.  In closed-angle the canals suddenly become blocked and there is a sudden increase in eye pressure yet production continues. Damage can be severe and blindness can result.

The causes of glaucoma are not known. Injury, surgery, irritation, cataracts, and heredity factors can play a part in why glaucoma develops. From the German New Medicine perspective, glaucoma effectively turns the lens, because of the higher pressure, in to a magnifying glass which happens for a person who wants to reach their goal as rapidly as possible. They may have an anxiety about the immediate future. They may feel the need to approach things more closely because in the past they have been a little too late and fail when success should have been possible. With magnification, one can reach this goal since it appears much closer.

Detecting glaucoma requires seeing an ophthalmologist to have the eye pressure measured. This is done with an instrument called a tonometer. Eye pressure greater than 20 to 22 millimeters of mercury pressure is considered abnormal. But often there are people who have glaucoma with normal eye pressure and optic nerve damage can be seen only with a slit light and the doctor looking through an opthalmoscope. Sometimes visual field testing can detect blind spots. The last test available is looking in the eye with a special lens to examine the drainage canals. This proceedure is called a gonioscopy. It can acurately diagnose open-angle or closed-angle glaucoma.

Drug therapy is the most common treatment. There are many classes of drugs used but they all have either decreasing the aqueous humor production or increasing the drainage outflow as their effects. All of these drugs come with a list of “side” effects. They must be used carefully and the condition monitored regularly. Surgery can be recommended if the eye drop drugs are ineffective.  There is no known cure for glaucoma and if damage to the optic nerve happens there is no way to restore the nerve.

Homeopathy can offer help. It is important to find out the story of the persons life. There are many reasons for why we get sick the way we do, so a condition of the eye and vision is only part of the clients story. If there have been any changes in vision or pain, the changes must be understood completely. This will help to find the right remedy that has a similar sensation. Rubrics that may be useful from the Complete 2009 Repertory are;

  • Eyes; GLAUCOMA (75) : abel., acon., adren., aegle., allox., arec., arg-n., ars., asar., atra-r., atro., aur., bell., berb., bry., camph., caust., 3Cedr., cimic., cob-n., cocain., 3Cocc., 3Colch., coloc., 3Com., con., cortico., croc., crot-h., croto-t., dttab., dubin., esin., euphr., eys., gels., grin., ham., hed., jab., 3Kali-i., kali-m., 3Lac-c., lach., lyc., mag-c., mag-p., merc., mez., 3Nit-ac., nux-v., op., 3Osm., 4PHOS., 3Phys., phyt., 2piloc., pipe., plb., pot-a., prun., 3Puls., rhod., rhus-t., sapo., saroth., seneg., sil., 3Spig., sulo-ac., sulph., supren., valer., wies., zinc.
  • Eyes; GLAUCOMA; Eye too large, as if (1) : 3Com.
  • Eyes; GLAUCOMA; Injuries, after (1) : phys.
  • Eyes; PAIN; Glaucoma; in (3) : acon., mez., 3Phos.
  • Eyes; ATROPHY; Nerves, optic (16) : agar., alco-s., alum-p., arg-n., ars., carbn-o., fil., iodof., nat-ar., 3Nux-v., 4PHOS., sant., 3Stry-n., syph., 4TAB., thal-s.
  • Vision; LOSS of vision, blindness; Malignant, central scotoma, with (6) : alco-s., iodof., nitrob., plb., tab., thyr.
  • Vision; LOSS of vision, blindness; Vanishing of sight (34) : 3Alco-s., ant-t., 3Arg., 3Arg-n., bell., 3Chel., 3Chen-a., 3Cic., con., 3Croto-t., 3Cycl., 3Gels., 3Graph., 3Grat., hep., 3Kali-bi., 3Kali-c., kali-n., 3Laur., lyc., lyss., 3Nat-m., 3Nux-m., 4NUX-V., 3Ox-ac., 3Puls., 3Sep., 3Sil., spig., stram., sulph., tab., thuj., 3Zinc.

Treating glaucoma requires treating the whole person. If the onset of the dis-ease is rapid, then treating glaucoma as an acute will require medium (30C-200) to higher (1M-10M) potencies and more frequent repetition of doses(1-3 times per day). If the onset is slow then a lower potency approach often works better. Giving a remedy one time per day in the 6C to 30C range will often have a beneficial effect. Remember potency selection is based on the strength of the dis-ease expression of the vital force. So treat the person accordingly. The remedy is to inspire healing and is for the person, not the disease.

As you can see there are 75 different remedies listed under glaucoma. It pays to do research on these if considering prescribing for glaucoma.  Remedies to consider that have strong affinity with the eyes and have been more useful in treating glaucoma are;

  • Aconitum Napellus – Eyes burn, feel dry, sensitive to air. Much aching and heat. Intense burning shooting pain. The ball, especially the upper half, sensitive if moved. Looking down or turning the eyes; the ball feels enlarged, as if protruding, making the lids tense; feels as if it would be forced out of the orbit. Eyes feel swollen. Feel as if sand were in them. Photophobia. Vision as through a veil; difficult to distinguish faces. Sparks before the eyes; flickering. The aconite patient is characterized by great anxiety, fear, restlessness and thirst. First Stage of inflammation, or trauma of cornea, conjunctiva, sclera, lids. The routine remedy for trauma or injuries to the eye from foreign bodies, wounds, operations, and for neuralgia from exposure to a cold dry wind.
  • Cedron – If there is any marked periodicity to the symptoms then Cedron is the remedy. Eyes red. Burn like fire. Shooting over left eye. Severe pain in eyeballs with radiating pains around the eye, scalding lachrymation. Periodic supra-orbital neuralgia. Pain over the eye, worse sex. Inflammation of the iris. Objects appear red at night and yellow by day.
  • Comocladia Dentata – (Right sided) eye very painful, feeling much larger and more protruding than the left. Aggravated by being near a warm stove. Eyes feel heavy; as if something were pressing on top of the balls, moving them downward and outward.  Motion aggravates. Eyeball aches terribly.
  • Physostigma Venenosum –  Drawing twisting sensation in the eyes. Eyes sore and painful when moved from side to side. Intolerable pain over both orbits. Pain in the eyeballs, sharp, shooting. Dull pain over or between the eyes, after use. Eyes smart; lids feel sore; heavy. Aching in posterior part of orbit, extending back into brain, aggravated by reading which causes nausea. Eyes sensitive to light; feel weak. Spasm of accommodation, this may be irregular and cause astigmatism. Blurred vision as if a film before the eyes.
  • Sarothamnus Scopanarius – Chronic glaucoma. Choroiditis. Iritis. Burning and stinging pains, especially behind the left eyeball. Pain on moving the eyes. When looking at an area of light, the brightness of the light and the rainbow colors of the halo seem more intense.

The drugs offered for glaucoma should not be removed if the client is taking them. They can control the disease and the consequences of the increased pressure over time can be severe. It is best to start giving the remedy and increase the monitoring of the eye pressure. This way the drugs can be lessened with the supervision of an Ophthalmologist as the condition improves with homeopathy. Vision is nothing to take lightly. It is one of our most important senses and should be cared for as such. But where the drug therapy can only treat the symptom and often with “side” effects, homeopathy can offer a cure as the body heals itself, safely and permanently.

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24 comments so far

  1. gattoo kaul on

    Dr.Robert Thankyou for thenew lesson.I will need time to study before I need to talk to you.

  2. Dr.Haran ch malaker on

    Dear sir,thank you for your most effictive news letter for treating Glucoma,the name of related medicines have clearly lessens the time to find out from materia medica.Regards,malaker

  3. Lucinda on

    Hi Robert,
    Funny you chose this topic for today’s newsletter. Last night Paco was blind. (Paco is our poodlex dog with glaucoma who had his L. eye enucleated last March.) This morning he’s Ok. I remembered that the vet said to give him the drugs we had purchased when we first found out he had glaucoma (6 mos. ago, a trauma to his L. eye brought on optic nerve damage within hours and he became blind in that eye. We had stopped using the drugs for the “good” eye because they made him nauseous and he had tingling in his extremities.) This time we had the meds available and happened to witness his loss of vision over about 15 minutes. I know that glaucoma in dogs is a chronic condition but I didn’t know he could have periodic pressure build up in the eye which, if not treated immediately, could bring on permanent optic nerve damage. It’s a good thing we caught it. Now, about a remedy…He’s taken Puls, Sil., Lyc.,(timidity, lack of confidence are among his challenges) as constitutional remedies. 6 mos.ago, when his L. eye was injured and then removed, he took Phys.12c for 2 months or so. Also, he’s taken Nux.30C as an acute remedy sometimes as he tends to vomit. Also, he has had head pain on both occasions when he lost vision. I took 3 rubrics: Head;pain,in visual complaints precedes or attends. Eyes:glaucoma and Vision:Loss of vision, blindness;periodic. The remedies which cover the case are:Phos., Sulph., Puls., Sil.,Euphr., Spig.,Bell., Caust.,Nux. Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks Robert. whew!

    • Robert on

      Hi Lucinda,

      Because of the sudden nature of his onset I would recommend Aconite. Also because of his timid nature and how he responds to any sudden stimuli. Everything seems like a shock to him.

      Good luck, Robert

  4. Asghar Ali on

    Dear Sir,

    Very informative and educative news letter on GLAUCOMA. Please keep up this wonderous service to suffering humanity.

  5. syed husain on

    A very informative article on Glaucoma which will help to the persons interested in Homeopathy

    Syed Husain

  6. Dr.Rajendrasinh Devadhara on

    Nice imformetive artical

  7. gattoo kaul on

    Dr Robert,May I ask you the date on which you gave lesson on
    Arthritis?Her main complaint is when in her sleep she turns her right knee joint and ancle give shooting pain,there is some swelling also.I asked her to go for uric acid test which is high.Acid Benzin and Bryonia.and five phos for some time will be allright ?

  8. Dr Syed Imtiaz Ali Gillani on

    Dear Sir
    As a matter of fact,The time is running, in many of countries it is very essential to promote seriously homoeopathy as what it is? and how it works. Informative material full of subject clearance especially needed. So, in this manner this article is very helpful even much much great.Very nice work Doctor. Nice Job.

  9. Dr. Muhammad Mujahid Ahmad on

    Wonderful article, but most of the eye cases go to so called eye specialists, even if the patients suffering from glaucoma come to us they are not sure about treatment. Hence I gave very less importance to diseases relating eyes.

  10. Philip Joseph on

    Dear Dr Robert: Thanks for the ‘eye-opening’ article about Homeopathy & Glaucoma and individual treatment where possible. I have often wondered if Organotherapy can offer help for Glaucoma. Today, bio-chemic NAT-MUR & SILICIA are used often for Glaucoma. Even a cursory glance of an old organotherapy catalogue of Dolisos shows remedies made of eye muscle, cornea, tear gland etc. Maybe anyone can write their experiences if Organotherapy helped. It may be via a non-homeopathic application of a remedy, but still useful to our readers. Most of the Organotherapy practioners are in France, Belgium etc Thanks, Philip

  11. Sudheer Uppadhayay on

    Dear Dr. Robert, As a practitioner with a charitable clinic and satisfied patients through out the world i am much pleased to go through the contents.Although some of the observations i do not agree but i think this all depends on the case history.
    I have a patient who had a continuous pain in his jaw but could not be treated satisfactorily. I referred him to a Neurologist of world fame who operated and cut some vain near the eye. He is in a still worst condition with regular moistining his eyes in the morning and is on sedatives for sleep and rest. I would like your help and prepared to send more details if required.

    • Robert on

      Hello,

      You would need to present a case with all observations of the client. It would need to include all symptoms prior and post sugery.

      Robert

  12. MONALISA on

    GOOD MORNING SIR,
    VERY BEAUTIFUL ARTICLE. THANK-YOU. YOU HAVE MENTIONED THAT THERE IS MAGNIFICATION OF LENS & THESE ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHO WANTS IMMEDIATE RESULTS IN THEIR WORK —WHAT THAT EXACTLY MEAN ? HOW TO TREAT GLAUCOMA + CATARACT PT. IN WHICH CONDITIONS WE SHOULD RECOMMEND SURGERY?

    • Robert Field on

      Hi Monalisa,

      The need for magnification is a metaphore for an issue in their life. It is not a litteral translation although the effect is similar as the eye pressure increses, the lens bulges.
      Robert

  13. dr.brahmane avinash on

    it helps wel 4 t\t of old pt`s.

  14. Ram Dev Ray on

    Dear Sir
    Thanks a lot for such important information. I think Phos and Gels are not to be forgotten. I have found these medicine effective in above said case. I am getting lots of new information through your newsletter.
    Thanks again

  15. dr.krishna on

    Dr.Robert!!!

    Thank you for such important information on Glaucoma.

  16. Sofia on

    Hint mom has an optic nerve atrophy I need homeopathic medicine for that her vision is vanishing slowly plz tell me how to take the medicine

  17. Bahar on

    Hello Dr,
    I am Bahar from Afghanistan I hv a nephew with very high stage of claucoma he lives in Germany left eye s totally blind today dr said his nerve is dead now and right eye he had high pressure now he cannot see with both eyes only can feel light Plz suggest something his left eye s smaller than normal and lost color and right eye s bigger than normal eyes

  18. Chandra on

    Sir, i am suffering from glaucoma advice me some homeopathic treatment

  19. Yvonne on

    My husband has 2 fused vertebra in his neck, has pain when he turns head, it shoot up to the back of his eye. He now has been diagnosed with glaucoma, he cannot see out of the top inside corner of his R eye when he closes the other eye.. He has been prescribed drops and folow-up in 3 months. What do you suggest?.

  20. PINTU on

    Sir, I don’t know i have Glaucoma or not. Because i didn’t know about that. I have problem with my right eye. It is paining so much.It’s happening about 8 to 10 years. First i think it’s look like normal headache which reached onto my eyes. But now I think I was wrong. It Only stays on my right eyes. First time it’s happening once a week or twice a month. Now it’s happen daily. I have so much pain in my right eye like it’s deeps onto my head. This time I don’t want to see the electric light or sun light.Some time When I have seen T.V for long time I fill little bit of blur infront of my Right Eye. But that’s not happened regularly. I had consult abut that with a eye specialist, But he didn’t mention that It’s Glaucoma. But now after read this.And also i was read a magazine abut this issue. Now I am sure that i have Glaucoma. What should I do Now? Please Suggest Me

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