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Causes: The inability to see far-off objects or short sight is a disorder of the eyes which troubles mostly young persons. It goes on worsening with the passage of time. Myopia is caused by the lens of the eye being too convex or the ball of the eye being too long, so that the rays of light come to a focus before they reach the retina. Spectacles with concave lens may help in correcting the vision, but they have to be frequently changed as the condition deteriorates with advancing age. Nervous debility and susceptibility to colds and constipation are the predisposing factors.

Myopia begins with blurred vision, particularly in regard to far-off objects. The blackboard or the screen in a cinema house may become blurred and the eyes of the sufferer may start watering due to strain. There may also be an itch and a feeling of heaviness and also a slight headache.

Regimen and Remedies: The first requirement before a cure for myopia can begin is to rid the patient of cold and constipation, if he is suffering from these maladies. Decoction of Triphala should be taken internally and also used for washing the eyes at least twice a day. If this regimen is continued for some months, myopia can be controlled. The medicine of choice for myopia is Mulethi: a powder of the root of the plant should be given (half a teaspoonful mixed with an equal amount of Honey and half the quantity of Ghee) twice daily with milk. The dose should be given on an empty stomach.

Remedies suggested for cataract also can be tried in cases of myopia: the main objective is to strengthen the eyes which those remedies do. Dietary regimen is the same as for cataract.


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