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Q I have dry eyes and ble­phar­i­tis. I have tried med­i­ca­tions, but these only help tem­po­rar­ily. Is there a lon­glast­ing rem­edy in Ayurveda? A Ble­phar­i­tis is the in­flam­ma­tion of the eye­lids. The main symp­toms in­clude itchy and wa­tery eyes, red swollen eyes and eye­lids, a gritty or burn­ing sen­sa­tion in the eyes, greasy ap­pear­ance of the eye­lids, flak­ing on eye­lids, sen­si­tiv­ity to light, loss or ab­nor­mal growth of eye­lashes. Ble­phar­i­tis is seen as­so­ci­ated with sev­eral health prob­lems like se­b­or­rheic der­mati­tis (dan­druff ), acne rosacea and al­ler­gies.

Dry eyes, a com­mon com­pli­ca­tion of ble­phar­i­tis, can also be caused by de­creased tear pro­duc­tion or in­creased tear evap­o­ra­tion. Di­rect ex­po­sure to cold air, smoke, blink­ing less of­ten while read­ing, driv­ing or work­ing at com­puter are com­mon causes of dry eyes in this re­gion. Age­ing, and an­ti­his­tamine, de­con­ges­tant and blood pres­sure med­i­ca­tions can also lead to dry eye con­di­tions.

Treat­ment of the cause – and not the symp­toms – is im­por­tant in the man­age­ment of ble­phar­i­tis and dry eyes. Some tips that could be use­ful: • Ap­ply a warm com­press over your closed eyes for a few min­utes and re­move the flaky de­posits on your eye­lids. • Boil a cup of wa­ter with a few Tulsi (basil) leaves or Th­riphala. Once cool, use the wa­ter to wash your eyes. • Make a small com­press of a tea­spoon of turmeric pow­der in a muslin cloth. Dip this com­press in hot wa­ter and ap­ply over closed eyes. • Put a tea­spoon of Th­riphala pow­der in hot wa­ter overnight; strain it the next morn­ing and use to wash eyes. • Eye drops such as Ila­neer kuzhampu are ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing eye­lid in­flam­ma­tion. • Ap­ply ghee around the eyes; a drop of cas­tor oil in each eye is ben­e­fi­cial for dry eyes • Ap­ply two to three drops of ghee or se­same oil in each nos­tril. • Avoid dry cli­matic con­di­tions, re­duce AC ex­po­sure, limit com­puter use and cof­fee. • Re­duce sour foods and quit smok­ing.

I sug­gest you con­sult an Ayurvedic doc­tor for a de­tailed di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment. He or she will be able to tell you your body type and pre­scribe a spe­cialised treat­ment.

DR VL SHYAM is a Dubai-based Ayurveda prac­ti­tioner

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