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Keratitis - Know All About It!

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Dr. Radhika A (Md) 89% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi  •  13 years experience
Keratitis - Know All About It!

What is Keratitis?

Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. Cornea is the clear, dome-shaped tissue on the front of your eye that covers the pupil and iris.

Symptoms of Keratitis-

  • Eye pain
  • Watery eyes
  • Excess tears or other discharge from your eye
  • Difficulty opening your eyelid Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred or hazy vision
  • An itchy, burning or gritty feeling in your eye
  • Swelling around the eye
  • A feeling that something is in your eye

Causes of Keratitis-

  • Injury to an eye
  • Contaminated contact lenses
  • Viruses
  • Contaminated water

Risk factors of Keratitis-

  • Wearing contact lenses
  • Reduced immunity
  • Warm climate
  • Use of corticosteroid eye drops
  • Eye injury 

Complications of Keratitis-

Diagnosis of Keratitis-

Diagnosis of Keratitis involves the following tests: 

  • Eye exam
  • Slit-lamp exam
  • Laboratory analysis

Precautions & Prevention of Keratitis-

  • If you have a cold sore or a herpes blister, avoid touching your eyes
  • Don’t use corticosteroid eye drops
  • Replace your contact lens case every three to six months
  • Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses
  • Discard solution in the contact lens case each time you disinfect your lenses

Treatment of Keratitis-

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Keratitis
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Keratitis
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Keratitis
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Keratitis
  • Surgical Treatment of Keratitis
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Keratitis
  • Other Treatment of Keratitis

Homeopathic Treatment of Keratitis-

Homeopathy heals inflammation and relieves pain and watery eyes. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines that can be used for treatment of keratitis are:

  • Calc
  • Thuja
  • Hepar
  • Euph
  • Puls
  • Merc
  • Sulph

Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Keratitis-

Acupuncture diagnose by making an assessment of effect of external and internal factors like heat cold dampness etc.  It then rebalances elements to quickly relieve complaints. 

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Keratitis-

For mild bacterial keratitis, antibacterial eyedrops treat the infection. For fungal keratitis, antifungal eyedrops and oral antifungal medication are required. Antibiotic eye drops are required when Keratitis is caused by the tiny parasite acanthamoeba. For viral keratitis, antiviral eyedrops and oral antiviral medications may be effective.

Surgical Treatment of Keratitis-

If keratitis causes permanent damage to the cornea that significantly impairs your vision, your doctor may recommend a corneal transplant.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Keratitis-

  • Extract from the root of the licorice plant may benefit symptoms of keratitis 
  • ginger could help relieve symptoms of keratitis
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