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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-28

Management of geriatric eye disorders with ayurvedic measures

Assistant professor, Department of Shalakya Tantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital & Research center, Salod, Wardha, India

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Hande Minal
Assistant professor, Department of Shalakya Tantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research center, Salod, Wardha
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The deterioration of vision in elderly people is a major health problem. Like every part of our body, our eyes change as we grow older. Aging of the eyes affects all ocular structures. By the age 50, one in every three has some vision impairing eye disease. Common Geriatric eye problems are Cataract, Glaucoma, Age related Macular degeneration (AMD), Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry eye syndrome, Ptosis, Entropion, Ectropion, Floaters, Blepharospasm etc. The prevalence rate of each of these ocular conditions increases with age. Three fourth of all blindness and vision impairment are either preventable or treatable. The biggest challenge with Geriatric eye problem is that in most of the cases the condition cannot be attributed to a single cause. Ayurveda has the interventions those enhance physiological processes that influence metabolic and immunological status, (like Chyavanprasha,Triphala) & such interventions are significant in the context of Geriatric care. Subsequent eye diseases were reviewed fromAyurvedic and biomedical literature and corresponding preventive strategies were searched. The review elaborates over the concept of geriatric eye disorders and their management through Dincharya, Rituchary, Rasayana therapy, Yoga Kriyakalpas of eye and Panchakarma procedures. It would be appropriate to consider these time tested ancient measures on scientific parameters so thatAyurveda can help the sufferings in a better way.

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