Keratoconus is a progressive eye disorder which is rare and often occurs between the age of 10 to 25 . In this , the eye’s cornea which is round , thins and bulges out into a cone shape. This leads to distorted vision as the cone shape deflects the light . It is a degenerative condition which may develop due to tears in the Dua layer which allows fluid buildup. It effects both eyes. It can be termed as a genetic disorder. Keratoconus is a non inflammatory condition which leads to thinning and steepening of the cornea. Keratoconus is actually thinning of cornea due to excessive oxidative stress from food like sugars, soda, refined carbs and junk food.

According to Ayurveda, Keratoconus is a condition related to timira , in particular vataja timira . Imbalance of Vatta dosha is the root cause of Keratoconus .

Symptoms of Keratoconus:

  • Blurred and distorted vision with or without eyeglasses which makes it difficult to read or drive
  • Sensitivity to light or glare and leads to eye straining
  • Problems with night vision and multiple images or ghost images are seen. Near sightedness or myopia occurs .
  • Clouding of the vision and changes in eye sight
  • Irregular Astigmatism and photophobia
  • Inability to wear contacts

Causes of Keratoconus :

The cause of Keratoconus is unknown. It may be due to some allergies , may be due to genetic disposition or due to magnesium deficiency as low magnesium can cause the thinning of elastic membrane of cornea. Excessive exposure to UV rays may lead to Keratoconus. Keratoconus is more common in persons with Down's Syndrome.

Keratoconus is generally due to imbalance of enzymes within the cornea. Excessive eye rubbing may lead to this disorder.

Treatment of Keratoconus :

The eye doctor may recommend gas permeable contact lenses , hybrid contact lenses , custom soft contact lenses or piggybacking contact lenses . Glasses or corrective lenses can treat keratoconus in mild cases. In some cases surgery such as intrastromal corneal ring segments, corneal cross linking and keratotomy can be performed. In most severe cases, corneal transplant is recommended.

Omega-3 fatty acids along with vitamin B, vitamin D2, vitamin K2, Bilberry and lutein are recommended to be included in the diet. Vitamin C is very important in treating this disorder as it helps in building the collagen matrix which is the building block for cornea.

According to Ayurveda , fixing the Vata dosha can help treat Keratoconus. Planet Ayurveda, offers some best formulations to control this disorder . These medicines are eye friendly medications which are surely helpful to improve the vision and correct minor structural problems of the eye.

We offers some herbal remedies for keratoconus problems.

Punarnava Mandoor : This formulation is a combination of very beneficial herbs like ginger, punarnava, pipali which make this medicine effective in tackling all problems relating to eyes.

Gotukola Capsules : These capsules contain the herb Gotukola which helps in balancing the aggrevated vatta . It helps in fighting allergic reactions and fatigue.

Bilberry Capsules: These capsules are made of herb bilberry which is known for its anthocyanosides and anti-oxidant properties and is very useful in controlling problems like night vision, cataracts, weak eye sight, weak blood vessels , retinal pigments etc. Bilberry herb is rich in vitamin A, C, E , K and magnesium, zinc and iron. It is also a powerful immunity booster.

Angel Eye Vitale Capsules : These capsules are an herbal formulation rich with minerals and vitamins needed for eyes . These capsules nourish eyes and improves the eye sight . These are known to contain Vitamin C, A, E , zinc, copper, lutein, astaxanthin and bilberry .

Amalaki Rasayan Capsules: This is an amazing Ayurvedic formulation made with Indian Gooseberry that acts as a rejuvenator and revitalizer. It can cure eye ailments as it has the property to calm the imbalanced pitta dosha, thus is very useful in treating keratoconus disorders and myopia. This also helps with improving eyesight because of its anti-oxidant properties.

Vara Churna Or Triphla Churna : It is a famous Ayurvedic preparation made with haritaki, amalaka and bibhitaki . It helps with all eye problems especially conjunctivitis and Keratoconus.

Diet Recommended For Keratoconus Patients:

Green leafy vegetables like Cabbage, bell peppers, brussel sprouts. carrots , berries, spinach , broccoli , avocados, gooseberry, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and olive oil are recommended. Fruits like oranges, straweberries , grapes, cherries , raising etc. are beneficial.
Less intake of sugar, salt and pungent food is suggested.

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Author's Bio: 

DR. Vikram Chauhan, MD - AYURVEDA is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. For more info visit our website: