Eye pain which is medically known as Ophthalmalgia, is very common and can occur either on the eye’s surface or deep within the eye. In case of pain on the surface of the eye, burning, shooting pain, scratching and itching are felt. The pain deep in the eyes is felt as aching, throbbing or stabbing pain. Homeopathic medicines for eye pain target and treat the root cause behind it to relieve the pain.
Most of the time eye pain is not a symptom of a serious condition. But it can be indicative of a serious issue when there is severe eye pain accompanied by vision loss that requires immediate medical attention.
It can arise from various reasons. Firstly it can arise from allergies, some foreign object in the eye (like a bit of dirt, an eyelash), an injury to the eye and dry eyes. Secondly , it can occur from conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva means the membrane covering the white of the eye). It is also known as pink eye that can be caused from an infection or allergies. Third reason for it is blepharitis (inflammation of the margins of the eyelid where eyelashes grow). It arises from clogging, infection or inflammation of oil glands at the edge of eyelashes. Fourthly it can occur in case of scleritis (inflammation of the white part of the eye), iritis (inflammation of iris which is the coloured ring that surrounds the pupil of eye and controls the amount of light that enters into the eye) and keratitis (inflammation of cornea I.e. the clear, dome shaped tissue in front of the eye covering the pupil and iris).
Its causes also include irritation from contact lens (as from using lenses without proper disinfection), corneal abrasion (scratch on the cornea) and infection of the cornea (as from herpes).
Another reason is uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall). Apart from above it can appear in case of styes ( a red lump near the eyelid edge arising from bacterial infection and attended with pain) and chalazion (cyst in the eyelid arising due to blocked meibomian gland that produces an oily substance to help lubrication of the eye).
There are other reasons such as entropian (inward turning of eyelid), ectropian (outward turning of eyelid), glaucoma (eye condition that damage the optic nerve from abnormally high intraocular pressure in the eye), some complication of eye surgery and inflammation of the optic nerve which connects the back of the eyeball to the brain (optic neuritis).
Lastly, it can arise in case of sinusitis (that cause pressure behind eyes that lead to pain in eyes), migraine and cluster headache.
Depending upon the cause of the eye pain some other symptoms can attend it. These include irritation, itching and redness of the eyes. Next symptoms that can accompany are watery eyes, discharge from the eye, light sensitivity, blurred vision and dark, floating spots before the eyes (floaters).
Homeopathic Medicines For Eye Pain
Homeopathic medicines are very effective for cases of eye pain. The homeopathic medicines target to treat the root cause behind it and bring great relief in the eye pain. Along with managing the eye pain these also help to relieve any attending symptoms like itching, redness of eyes, watery eyes, discharge from the eye and light sensitivity. Use of homeopathic medicines is recommended for cases of mild to moderate eye pain where no serious cause is associated with it. In cases the eye pain is severe, or attended with blurred vision / loss of vision, nausea, vomiting or when incurred from trauma, or exposure to chemicals then urgent help from conventional mode of treatment needs to be taken as it may be arising from some serious medical reason that needs emergency treatment. Homeopathy has a limitation in treating such cases.
Belladonna – For Painful, Red Eyes
This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is very effective medicine to manage eye pain. For using this medicine the pain can be shooting, aching, pressing, stinging or burning in nature. The pain can worsen from movement or exposure to light. Along with pain, eyes are very red and congested. Dryness and a sensation of sand may also be felt in the eyes. It is one of the well indicated medicines for pain in inflammatory eye conditions. It works well in early stages of conjunctivitis when eyes are red along with dryness and burning pains. Next it is prominent medicine for keratitis with eye congestion, sharp shooting eye pain, heat in the eyes and sensitivity to light.
Spigelia – When Eye Pain Worsens From Eye Movement
This medicine is prepared from plant Spigelia anthelmia commonly known as Pink – root. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It is a well indicated medicine for managing eye pain that worsens from eye movement. It is indicated when there is pressive, tensive, stitching, stabbing or shooting type of pain. The pain may pass through the eyeball back into the head. Along with pain there may be sensation of sand in the eyes, dry heat and burning in the eyes. Next this medicine is well indicated when eye pain gets worse at night or in open air.
Ruta – For Eye Pain That Worsen From Reading
This medicine is prepared from plant Ruta Graveolens commonly known as Garden Rue. This plant belongs to family rutaceae. This medicine is highly beneficial for persons who complain of eye pain from reading. This is mainly worse from reading fine print. They also have redness and heat in the eyes. They may have eye strain as well as headache too. Other than above this medicine is also helpful when eye pain occurs from sewing.
Natrum Mur – For Eye Pain With Watering From Eyes
It is a suitable medicine for managing cases of eye pain attended with watering from eyes. Conjunctiva is also red with this. Eyes are also congested and sore along with sensitivity to light. Smarting and itching also appear along with above symptoms. In some cases needing it black spots or streaks of light appear before the eyes. It is also of great help in case of blepharitis with smarting, burning pain and sensation of sand in the eyes and excoriating watering from the eyes.
Euphrasia – For Painful, Itchy, Watery Eyes
It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Euphrasia Officinalis having the common name Eye – bright. This plant belongs to family scrophulariaceae. It is a prominent medicine for painful, itchy, watery eyes. The pain can be sharp, pressive or cutting in nature where this medicine is required. With this burning, biting, stitching, smarting sensation in the eyes attends. Next accompanying symptom is a sensation of dust or sand in the eyes. The conjunctiva is red along with the above symptoms.
Phosphorus – For Sensitivity To Light (Photophobia) With Eye Pain
This medicine is significant for treating cases in which there is sensitivity to light (photophobia) with eye pain. It’s also indicated for pressing burning pains in case of inflammation of eyes. Another key symptom to use is deep, dull eye pain after reading. Apart from above it is useful to manage eye pain in case of glaucoma. In such cases shooting pain is there in the eyes. Sparks before eyes, violent burning sensation in eye and sensitivity to light are some attending symptoms in these cases.
Aconite – For Red, Inflamed, Painful Eyes
This medicine is prepared from plant Aconitum Napellus having a common name monkshood. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. Its use is considered when the eyes are red, inflamed and painful. The pain can be burning, pressive or shooting type. This is mainly felt on moving the eyeballs. Profuse watering from eyes may also be there. Its use is also indicated in case of scleritis with tearing pains and sensitivity to light.
Apis Mellifica – For Burning, Stinging Eye Pain
Apis Mellifica is very useful when there is burning stinging eye pain. Along with this conjunctiva is bright red. Itching and watering from eyes which are hot attends above features. Next symptoms that are present include light sensitivity and puffy, swollen eyelids.
Pulsatilla – For Stitching Eye Pain With Sensitivity To Light
This medicine is prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly named as wind flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is great medicine for stitching pain in eyes with sensitivity to light. Other than this it is useful for pressing, tearing and stinging pain in eyes. There may be relief in eye pain by cold applications where this medicine is needed. Burning, itching in eyes with desire to rub and scratch may be present. In some cases eye discharge mainly yellow coloured is also there. Sometimes there is gluing up of lids in the morning.
Merc Sol – When Eye Pain Arise From Exerting The Eyes
It is well indicated when there is pain in eyes that appear from exerting the eyes. This pain may be an aching, cutting or stinging type. Other than this it is a prominent medicine for iritis with throbbing shooting pains in the eye. Next it is indicated for conjunctivitis with burning pains and watering from eyes. Its last indication is blepharitis with red, thick and swollen eyelids with soreness, pain, burning and profuse watering from the eyes.
Allium Cepa – For Red, Itchy Eyes With Burning, Biting Sensation
This medicine is valuable to treat cases of red, itchy eyes along with burning, biting and smarting in the eyes. Watery discharge from eyes is also there. It is also indicated medicine for nasal allergies (hay fever). Frequent sneezing and watery discharge nose accompany the above symptoms in these cases.