Myopia is an eye disease where a person finds difficulty in seeing objects at a distance. It is also known as short sightedness. This occurs due to change in the curvature of the eye or due to any refractive problem of the eye.

Normally, the parallel rays of light coming into the eyes are supposed to converge at a particular point on the retina. However in myopia they start converging much ahead of retina, as a result of which the person has blurred vision of distant objects but clear vision of near objects. This may be due to the change in the curvature of the refracting surface of the eye or due to abnormal refractivity of the media of the eye lens and cornea.


  • Hereditary
  • Visual stress
  • People suffering from chronic cold
  • Severe constipation
  • Excessive use of the eyes
  • Studying or reading in dim light
  • Excessive use of computers
  • Lack of eye excercises
  • Improper diet and nutrition
  • Nervous debility


  • Blurred vision while seeing far off objects
  • Watering from the eyes
  • Itching and burning sensation in the eyes
  • Feeling of heaviness in the eyes
  • Headache
  • Improper sleep
  • Pain in back and cervical region


In Ayurveda, this is compared with the Drishti dosha. Defective vision indicates derangement of the doshas in the body. Vitiation of the Alochak Pitta is responsible for causing vision problems. Due to the above mentioned causes, Alochak Pitta and other dhatus or tissues in the eyes do not get proper nutrition and hence fail to perform the functions properly. Intake of improper food and poor digestion leads to the production of the toxins which then blocks the channels and cause malnourishment of the optic tissues.

Ayurvedic line of treatment focuses on:-

  • Balancing the body energies
  • Clearing the blockage in the eyes
  • Nourishing and strengthening the optical nerves and tissues to improve vision
  • Correcting the constipation and chronic cold if it is the cause

Panchakarma Procedures that are beneficial in myopia are:-

  • Netra basti using Mahatriphaladya Ghrit and Jeevantyadi Ghrit
  • Nasya karma using Panchendriya Vardhan Tailam
  • Virechan karma as a purifying procedure

Single herbs useful in the case of myopia are:-

  • Triphala
  • Punarnava
  • Jyotishmati

Ayurvedic formulations recommended in myopia are:-

  • Saptamrita Loha
  • Maha triphaladya Ghrit
  • Jeevantyadi Ghrit
  • Sunetra Eye Drops


  • Avoid hard to digest and fried food stuffs.
  • Avoid eating sour, pungent and salty food items like spices, pickles and curd.
  • Take properly cooked food.
  • Walk barefoot on the dew covered grass
  • Include cow’s ghee in your diet. It helps in improving the power of the eye.
  • Avoid reading while lying on the bed. Reading and writing at night is strictly prohibited.
  • Avoid giving excess strain to the eyes. One should give rest to eyes in frequent intervals.
  • Include carrots, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, berries, almonds etc which contain vitamin A and C. These are good for eyes and vision.
  • Avoid continous reading, watching television and working on the computer for long hours. Have regular breaks from these activities.
  • Avoid working in low light conditions.
  • Do not keep yourself awake at night especially for the purpose of studying and witness film shows.
  • Practice pranayama, Padma asana and do meditation.


  • Mix almond, coconut, aniseed and candy sugar. Prepare the powder and consume one tablespoon of this powder twice a day.
  • Liquorice is also used in the treatment of myopia. Take liquorice in a very small quantity not more than half a teaspoon and mash it. Make two equal parts of this. Mix honey in one part and ghee in another part. Consume these mixtures twice every day with milk.
  • Take sesamum flowers, long pepper, jasmine and black pepper. Mix all these ingredients and mash them. Add water to this mash and prepare its paste. Now dry this in sunshade and consume this mixture atleast twice a day.
  • Practice Tratak Karma that is concentrating on some point till there is watering from the eyes.


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