Eyes Affections

**Mercurius dulcis also a remedy for eye troubles in scrofulous children.

**Mercurius corrosivus. This remedy is marked by violent symptoms, burning, agonizing pains, profuse excoriating lachrymation, which takes the skin off from cheeks, tearing pains in the bones of the orbit, ulcers of cornea with tendency to perforation.

If there is any “best remedy” for iritis it is **Mercurius corrosivus. It is almost a specific for simple and syphilitic iritis, accompanied with pains in the eyes, extending over the top of the head. The exudation is rather serous than plastic.

Retinitis albuminurica also finds a remedy in **Mercurius corrosivus. **Jaborandi is an excellent internal remedy in iritis; it allays inflammation, controls spasms of the muscles and will absorb adhesions.

**Cinnabaris has inflammation and pain in the eyes and its indicating symptom is pain going from one canthus around the eyebrow to the other.

**Kali bichromicum is a prominent remedy for ulceration of the cornea where there is a tendency to perforate, especially in the circumscribed ulcers with clear cut edges, as if cut out with a punch. It is indicated by indolent inflammation, swollen and agglutinated lids in the morning, little photophobia, the indolence is marked, eyes not very red; in fact, there is with this remedy an absence of inflammatory redness and proportionate absence of photophobia. It is use in catarrhal and strumous ophthalmias with tendency to granulation.

**Clematis follows **Mercurius corrosivus well in iritis, and Hughes speaks highly of it in the syphilitic variety. Great sensitiveness to cold is one of its leading indications It should therefore be remembered in inflammation of the iris from cold, with pressing pain, great photophobia, lachrymation and heat in the eyes, with the sensitiveness to cold air. The eyes are so sensitive to the air that the patient covers them. It is closely allied to **Rhus toxicodendron in its action. Buffum claims **Gelsemium to be the most valuable remedy for the serous variety of iritis.

Ferrum phosphoricum. [Ferr-p]

      The tissue remedies have taken an important place in the therapeutics of eye affections. Two or three of them have proved themselves almost indispensable, thus, **Ferrum phosphoricum is especially useful in acute catarrhal troubles in their early stages accompanied by the burning sensation, aggravated by motion, and red, congested, inflamed appearance. There is no secretion of mucus or pus. It is especially adapted to conjunctivitis with great relaxation of that membrane, and surpasses **Aconite in the majority of acute superficial inflammations about the eye.

**Kali muriaticum is another tissue remedy that has proved itself useful in eye affections. It corresponds especially to corneal troubles, inflammation and ulceration, and especially in the ulcers of an asthenic type, tedious cases with no special redness of the conjunctiva, lachrymation, pain or photophobia. It is suitable to the non-vascular variety of parenchymatous inflammation of the cornea.

**Kali sulphuricum is sometimes most useful in ophthalmias neonatorum, in gonorrheal ophthalmias and in abscess of the cornea, also **Calcarea sulphurica. **Calcarea fluorica has a noticeable influence in diminishing opacities of the lens, partial blindness from cataract; it is worthy of extensive experimentation in cataract. Also useful in cysts of the eyelids.

Gelsemium. [Gels]

      A most valuable remedy in eye troubles. It has an abundance of paralytic symptoms, diplopia, double vision and ptosis. These symptoms are associated with soreness of the eyeballs, dark red face and general symptoms of the drug. Double vision is very characteristic, and giddiness and pains in the eyeballs are sure indications for the remedy. Intra-ocular inflammations, where serous exudations occur, dull pains, double vision and vertigo will indicate

**Gelsemium. In serous iritis, choroiditis where there is a gradual impairment of vision and heavy lids, it is the remedy. It produces also an inability to accommodate quickly. It has been used for detachment of the retina and some forms of asthenopia and in astigmatism with considerable success. Strabismus from weakening of the muscles is also characteristic and therapeutically it has been found useful in strabismus and ptosis following diphtheria **Gelsemium is one of the most valuable remedies in glaucoma, often palliating the severe pains and improving the neurotic symptom of the disease. **Gelsemium dilates the pupil through its paralyzing effect on the third nerve.

W.A. Dewey
Dewey, Willis A. (Willis Alonzo), 1858-1938.
Professor of Materia Medica in the University of Michigan Homeopathic Medical College. Member of American Institute of Homeopathy. In addition to his editoral work he authored or collaborated on: Boericke and Dewey's Twelve Tissue Remedies, Essentials of Homeopathic Materia Medica, Essentials of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Practical Homeopathic Therapeutics.