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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142-146

Ayurvedic Management of Shuktika (Xerosis)

Professor, Dept of Shalakya Tantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved college, Hospital & Research centre, Salod Wardha (MH), India

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Sunita Vijay Magar
Professor, Dept of Shalakya Tantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved college, Hospital & Research centre, Salod Wardha (MH)
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Vitamin A is essential for the synthesis of Rhodopsin in the Retina which is also necessary for the maintenance of secretary epithelia. An early symptom of vitamin A deficiency is night blindness. When there is long standing deficiency of vitamin A, keratinizing Squamous metaplasia of the conjunctiva occurs leading to conjunctival Xerosis and eventually to Xerophthalmia with corneal ulceration. 16 yrs. young female patient was suffering with dry eyes, foreign body sensation, redness, itching and ocular discomfort since 3-4 yrs. came to Shalakya OPD at Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College and Hospital, Wardha. On examination a triangular dull white, cheesy colored spot was found in bulbar conjunctiva at temporal side of both eyes. Schirmer’s strip test was 4 mm/ 5 min and TBUT (Tear Film Break up Time) test is 7 seconds and had consulted ophthalmologists who diagnosed condition as Xerosis. She took allopathic medication for 3 years but didn’t get relief. Xerosis is a medical condition characterized by abnormal and prolonged dryness that leads to non production of tears. Xerosis causes the conjunctiva to become muddy, wrinkled, thick, dehydrated and lusterless which may result into serious visionary complication if left untreated. In Ayurveda, it can be correlated with Shuktika Pittaj Vikar. with Ayurvedic line of treatment, the significant improvement is seen in conjunctival signs and symptoms such as dry eye, itching ,foreign body sensation. Encouraging results observed when subjected to objective parameters like Schirmer’s Strip test and TBUT

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