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Ferrum phos [Ferr-p]

      Inflammation of any part of the eyes without secretion of mucous or pus. Pain in the eyeball, made worse by moving eyes. Burning sensation in the eyes. They appear inflamed and red. Retinitis. Great redness with severe pain, without mucus or matter. “Conjunctiva congested, and with a sensation as if grains of sand were under the eyelids, vision dim, letters blur while reading, even though the refraction be normal, or if any error exists and is corrected by lenses, or where there is an insufficiency of he internal recti muscles so far as can be determined. Photophobia worse from artificial lights.” (H.F. Ivins, M.D).

Dr. Robert Cooper reports as having observed three times that a stye appeared on the lower lid of the right eye in patients who were taking this remedy for debility. “Ferrum phos. is especially adapted to conjunctivitis with great relaxation of that membrane, and surpasses Aconite in the majority of acute superficial inflammations of the eye. In retinitis, with great engorgement of the retinal vessels. It has been found of great service.” (H.C. French, M.D).

Kali mur [Kali-m]

      Affections of the eye with discharge of white mucus or yellowish-greenish matter (also Kali sulph.). Feeling of sand in the eyes. yellow, purulent scabs on the lids, specks of matter. Blisters on cornea. Inflammation of the iris. Superficial flat ulcer arising from a vesicle. Retinitis. Parenchymatous keratitis. Of great use even in the early stage. “In diffuse interstitial keratitis in which the cornea is flecked over a large extent of its surface with light deposits, we have found it of great value. Indeed, we believe it will prove to possess a specific influence over many of the pathological changes in that organ. In chronic abscess of the cornea it has been found to do good.” (H.C. French, M.D).

In the North American Journal of Homoeopathy, Sept., 1885, p. 14, Dr. Geo. S. Norton writes of the use of this remedy in ulceration of the cornea. He has found it useful in ulcers of a clearly asthenic type, inflammations of a low degree, tedious cases, redness of the conjunctiva is not excessive. Photophobia, pain and lachrymation are very moderate or absent entirely. Any part of the cornea may be the seat of the ulcer, but it is liable to begin at the periphery and spread to the centre. The base of the ulcer is dirty-white or yellow, often vascular, and surrounding inflammation is very marked, discharge moderate and of white mucus; sometimes there is purulent infiltration extending between the layers of the cornea (onyx) or into the anterior chamber (hypopyon), but even then it is asthenic. Sometimes the disease appears more like an abscess, breaking down later into an ulcer. The tongue will usually have a thin, white coating. (See Clinical Cases.) Cataract after Calcarea fluor. Dr. Norton communicates to us the following: Kali mur. is especially adapted to the non- vascular variety of parenchymatous inflammation of the cornea (Aurum mur., Cannabis and Mercurius, active and vascular variety); there may be some photophobia and lachrymation, but never excessive as under Calcarea phos. The pains are not distinctive, but are always moderate. Redness is present, but is never expressive, bright-red or fiery. Trachoma.

Kali phos [Kali-p]

      Eyesight weak from an exhausted condition of the system, after diphtheria. Sensation of sand or sticks in the eyes. Soreness of eyeballs and edges of lids. Burning in eyes as if full of smoke. Eyes twitch, become blurred, black spots before eyes. Photophobia. Excited, staring appearance of the eyes, a symptom of nervous disturbances during the course of a disease; drooping of the eyelids, strabismus not spasmodic, squinting after diphtheria. Muscular and accommodative asthenopia and inco-ordination of the ocular muscles, especially from defective innervation. (H.C.F).

Kali sulph [Kali-s]

      Eyelids covered with yellow crusts, discharge from eyes yellow or greenish matter, yellow, purulent slime or yellow, watery secretions. Cataract, dimness of crystalline lens (Natr. mur.). Ophthalmia neonatorum, thin yellow or sanious discharge with closely adherent membrane on the palpebral conjunctiva. It is useful where other remedies fail. We have found Kali sulph. a valuable agent in abscess of the cornea, and superior to Kali mur. in cases of pus in the anterior chamber (hypopyon), two or three cases of which under this remedy (3x) alone have cleared up with gratifying promptness. (H.C. French, M.D).

Magnesia phos [Mag-p]

      Drooping of the eyelid, affections of the eyes with sensitiveness to light, or contracted pupils, vision affected, sees sparks, colors before the eyes, twitching of eyelids, spasmodic squinting, dulness of vision from weakness of optic nerve, strabismus. Diplopia, supraorbital neuralgia, relieved by warmth. Hyperaesthesia of the retina with flashes of light and black specks before eyes, with general nervous excitability. (H.C.F.) Retinitis pigmentosa. (R.S.C.) Ciliary neuralgia has been frequently cured with this remedy.

Natrum mur [Nat-m]

      Asthenopia, muscular; the most important remedy. Blister on cornea, discharge of clear mucus from eyes or flow of tears with obstruction of tear-ducts, neuralgic pains periodically returning with flow of tears. Eyes water, secretion causes scalding of skin or eruption of small vesicles; granulated eyelids without secretion of tears. Tarsi much thickened and red. White spots on the cornea. The eye may also be syringed with a solution of this remedy externally, daily. The molecules of the salt which remain on the spot cause by their hygroscopic nature a gradual moistening and absorption of the spot. Ciliary neuralgia. Incipient cataract. Iritis. Natr. mur. is most suitable where the humors of the eyeball are increased in quantity, thus causing internal pressure. “Is of possible value in glaucoma.” (R.S.C).

Natrum phos [Nat-p]

      Discharge of golden-yellow, creamy matter. Hypopyon. Lids glued together in the morning; note conditions of the tongue, palate, presence of acid risings, etc. Burning lachrymation, eyes bloodshot. Dim sight, as if a veil were before the eyes. Scrofulous ophthalmia; squinting caused by intestinal irritation, worms, etc. Ophthalmia in newborn infants; also externally as a wash. “Ophthalmia, profuse, creamy, sticky secretion and dim vision, especially in old women; also when accompanied by diarrhoea.” (Duffled.) Sees sparks before eyes. Boring pains in the eyes of rheumatic origin.

Natrum sulph [Nat-s]

      Pain over eyes. Granular conjunctivitis. Photophobia in scrofulous ophthalmia. “No remedy, Graphites possibly excepted, has such terrible sensitiveness to light in chronic ophthalmias.” (H.C. Allen.) Yellowness of the conjunctivae. Large, blister-like granulations with burning lachrymation, burning of edges of lids. Hypopyon.

Silicea [Sil]

      Stye on the eyelids, also use as a lotion to remove and hasten the discharge painlessly. If much inflammation, Ferrum phos. Deep-seated abscess of cornea. Hypopyon. Photophobia, sudden paroxysms of nyctalopia. Amblyopia and cataract after checked foot-sweat. Boils and cystic tumors around eyelids. Opaque cornea. Ciliary neuralgia over right eye. Kernels and indurations of the lids. Scrofulous ophthalmia.

Calcarea phos [Calc-p]

      Spasmodic affections of the eyelids, if Magnes. phos. fails. Parenchymatous keratitis in scrofulous diathesis. Useful in checking cataract. Dry inflammation of the eyes during dentition. Photophobia. Corneal opacity. No use where the palpebral conjunctiva is much involved. Congenital amblyopia in children of a rachitic constitution and scrofulous diathesis, with general characteristics of the drug. Useful in non-vascular form of diffuse keratitis with more marked photophobia than under Kali mur. and accompanied by well known scrofulous cachexia. Cataract appearance with lupus, cancer or tuberculosis, gout, etc.

Calcarea sulph [Calc-s]

      Deep ulcers on cornea, ophthalmia, pus thick and yellow. Inflammation of the eyes with discharge of thick, yellow matter. Deep-seated abscess of the cornea (Silicea). Hypopyon, to absorb the effusion of pus in the eye (after Silicea). Retinitis. Sensation of foreign body; has to tie up, after injuries. Pus in anterior chamber. Phlyctenular keratitis and conjunctivitis. cervical glands enlarged. Inflamed canthi. “Has in my hands reduced purulent discharge in ophthalmia neonatorum.” (H.C.F.)

Calcarea fluor [Calc-f]

      Flickering and sparks before the eyes, spots on the cornea, conjunctivitis, cataract. Indurations in the lids. Enlarged meibomian glands.

This remedy has been found of use in cases of partial blindness. Dimness of vision from overstraining the eyes. “I have prescribed Calcarea fluorica. recently in my clinic in a number of cases. In one case of senile cataract where it was used there certainly was great improvement in sight.” (R.S. Copeland.)

EYE DISEASES- CASES [Eye Diseases- Cases]

      The following cases were furnished by Dr. T. M. Stewart, of Cincinnati:

1. Weak child, 2 years of age, thin skull, fontanelles open, soft cataract of left eye. Calcarea fluorica 6x; in three months’ examination showed anterior fontanelle closed, and child much improved in general health. No change in cataract.

2. The following troublesome symptoms not entirely relieved by wearing proper correcting glasses for compound hyperopic astigmatism were completely cured: The glasses were prescribed in June and patient reported in November following. Complained of some itching and burning, blurring of sight occasionally, floating specks before eyes, light aggravates all symptoms. Kali phos. 6x cured.

3. Epiphora from refractive error not entirely relieved from wearing corrective glasses. Calcarea fluor. 6x entirely relieved the following symptoms: Itching of mucous surface of lids, eyes water and sensation of air blowing on eyes after use of glasses.

Parenchymatous keratitis, inflammation of right cornea extending over the whole of its surface, of three months’ duration; patient could only count fingers; some pain, slight photophobia and redness, pupil dilates slowly under Atrop., but quickly contracts again. Aurum mur., Cinnabar., with instillations of Atrop; did no good. Kali mur. 6x cured. Cases of chorio-retinitis cured by Kali mur. Allen & Norton, Ophthalmic Therapeutics, p. 106.

In the Homoeopatische Monatsblatter for 1882, p. 95, is a report of thirteen cases of cataract cured eleven with Calcarea fluor. Improvement showed itself within eight days. The other two cases required Kali mur. after Calcarea fluor.

The following cases from N.A.J.H., September, 1885, p. 15, reported by George S. Norton, M.D., show the beautiful action of Kali mur. in ulceration of the cornea.

Case of ulcer of the cornea large in size, steadily increasing in extent, vascular base, moderate redness, no pain, slight photophobia, profuse lachrymation, nose sore, corners ulcerated. Kali mur6. Improvement set in at once, and ulcer commenced to heal; within five days the vascularity disappeared, and in ten days the eyes was perfectly well.

Case of ulcer of the cornea with elevated edges and vascular base, resulting from phlyctenular keratitis; in spite of all treatment it had steadily increased; cornea hazy around ulcer. Kali mur6. The ulcer began at once to heal and in two weeks all inflammatory symptoms had disappeared.

Ulcer of the cornea from the same cause as the above, also a rapidly increasing purulent infiltration between the corneal layers. Photophobia well marked; moderate redness and no pain. Several remedies were administered with no benefit. Kali mur2. was prescribed, and a rapid cure followed.

Child with ulcer near centre of cornea, which was deep; infiltration considerable. Pus in the anterior chamber; moderately red, no pain. Atrop., instillation. Hypopyon disappeared, and in twenty-four hours a rapid recovery followed under Kali mur3.

Mrs. B. L., from C, came to me on account of a swelling on right eye which appeared suddenly. A specialist had advised operation; the palpebral aperture, which was opened with difficulty, was filled with a yellowish-green, projecting mass. The conjunctiva was infiltrated and sight was lost. Kali sulph6. removed the swelling and inflammatory symptoms completely and permanently in one and one-half days. (Quesse).

Mrs. M.N., aged 46, was sent to me for treatment on May 9, 1892, by Dr. Boericke, with keratitis, involving the lower nasal third of the left cornea. The inflammation had existed since the previous Christmas, and had been subjected to rigorous allopathic treatment, with no improvement. The entire bulbar and palpebral conjunctiva was intensely inflamed. The corneal surface was vascular, with a decided ring of leucocytes round the border of the cornea, limited to the diseased area. There was a dense, irregular white opacity reaching down into the interstitial elements, occupying the centre of the affected territory, and covering an area of about one-eighth of an inch square. The clouded territory reached to the axis of vision. She could with difficulty discern large objects on the temporal side, but had no central vision. On May 9th she was put on Kali mur. 3x, every three hours. There was a marked improvement during the first twenty-four hours, and an astringent which had been given for the conjunctivitis was reduced in power and frequency, and finally discontinued. After the seventh day the Kali mur. was given in the 6x, every four hours, and was so continued up to the day of discharge. On the 23d vision was 5/20. The larger part of the cloudy area had cleared up, and the leucoma had almost disappeared, and it is safe to predict a complete restoration of vision in a few weeks under Kali mur. (H.C. French).

Child, aet. 8, with opacity of both cornea, with fresh ulceration and some infiltration, no redness. The ulceration healed, and the infiltration speedily cleared up under Kali mur6.

An ulcer at outer edge of cornea slightly excavated, with vessels running to it, improved under this remedy rapidly.

It may be that Kali mur. will be found useful in cases of clear ulceration and absence of infiltration. It is worth a trial.

A girl had, on the lower edge of the left cornea, a little blister, from which a bundle of small veins ran. Feeling of sand in the eye. Edges of eyelids are scabby. Kali mur12. internally and externally, every six hours for three days, cured the cornea in ten days, and in three weeks the scurfiness of the eyelids, which she had had for two years, had nearly disappeared. (W. P. Wesselhoeft, M.D. From Hg).

Dr. Koch writes: An old woman came to me aet. 72. She had worn a green shade over her eyes to my recollection, since my younger days, when, as a student, I spent my holidays at Simbach with my grandparents. This person complained of a constant burning sensation in her eyes, causing a continued flow of smarting tears. This commenced at eight o’clock in the morning and lasted till sunset. During the night it was better. She had much thirst, but little appetite. Externally the conjunctiva palpebrum was in a chronic state of inflammation. On each side of the nose there were excoriation and eczema of the skin caused by the flow of acrid tears. The punctae lachrymosa were dilated; but the tear-ducts were unobstructed. I hesitated whether I should give Natrum mur. or Arsenic.; but Dr. Schussler’s special mention of Natrum mur. in regard to these excessive lachrymal secretions determined my choice, and I gave Natrum mur. in water, one teaspoonful three times a day. In three weeks the symptoms all greatly subsided, and shortly after entirely disappeared. (From Schussler).

I have hitherto only given Natrum phos. in scrofulous subjects, and only then when my old remedies, Calcarea carb., etc., failed. One case was particularly striking on account of its being cured so rapidly. In May last a little girl, aet. 8, was brought to me, who suffered from severe conjunctivitis, with great dread of light. She had been treated for some time by an ordinary practitioner, but without effect. I ascertained that her eye affection dated from the time she had had measles, some years previous. Calcarea carb. and other medicines proved ineffectual. The enlargements of the glands of the neck, and the creamy secretion of the eyelids, led me to try Natrum phos., of which I administered a dose three time daily. A week later on, and the child was brought to me, her eyes bright and perfectly cured. (From Schussler).

Louis G, aet. 19, came to my office, July 3d, 1886, by advice of his physician, Dr. Nichols, of Hoboken, N.J. The young man was of good physique and apparently perfectly healthy. He stated that his right eye had been “bloodshot” for a week, and that the vision had been steadily failing for five days. Examination of the eye showed moderate photophobia, lachrymation, conjunctival redness and ciliary injection. The cornea was very hazy, appearing like ground glass throughout its whole extent, but was not vascular; the surface was clear. The vision was reduced to counting fingers six inches from the eyes. The history of the case, though not clear, pointed toward a strumous rather than a syphilitic origin. Atrop. was instilled, and Kali mur. was given internally. Under this treatment alone he steadily and rapidly improved until he was discharged, August 19th, with vision 15/40. On December 27th he was again seen, when the vision in the right eye was found to be perfect (15/15). But the disease was making its appearance in the left eye, as evidenced by moderate inflammatory symptoms and cornea hazy at the outer edge. L.V. 15/30. The same treatment was prescribed which had been so successfully employed before, but for two weeks the cornea gradually grew more opaque, the redness increased, the pain became more marked as if there were something in the eye, the photophobia and lachrymation became excessive, and the vision decreased to counting fingers at six inches. Rhus tox. 6x was then alternated with Kali mur. 6x when the sthenic type of the disease soon changed, and the inflammatory symptoms rapidly abated, after which, under Kali mur. alone, the improvement continued so long that in eight weeks his vision was 15/40, and later became perfect.

Dr. Koch informed us that a farm servant came to him, and said he could not see. Some time before this, a piece of wood had struck him in the eye. He had been treated for it; had had purgatives, leeches and cold water applications, and now his sight was quite gone. The particulars of the case were these: The bulbus was infiltrated with vascular engorgement. The conjunctiva was swollen, and the eyelid also in an irritated and inflamed condition. The cornea was dim, with a smoky appearance of the anterior chamber (i.e., between the cornea and iris), and some matter could be seen floating quite distinctly. I found on foreign body. The subjective results were severe burning pain in the eye, as if from a foreign body, and a continuous flow of tears. The man had to keep his eye tied up. His appetite was good, and pulse normal. As to the therapeutic treatment, I had evidently to deal with two different affections hypopyon (matter in the eye), and conjunctiva. First of all I gave Ferrum phos., a dose every two hours, and in a week the burning pain and watering of the eye were less. One week after this the man complained that his sight had not improved. Now I had the task of absorption of the matter before me, as well as the clearing of the cornea. To meet the first condition I gave Hepar sulph., but after a fortnight I could recognize no special progress. I felt rather in a fix with the case, as absorption would not take place. Remembering an expression of Dr. Quagleo, that he considered Schussler’s Calcarea sulph. a still more powerful medicine, I gave some Calcarea sulph. to be taken in water in three doses. Scarcely a week after, the man came to me, greatly delighted, saying he could see gleams of light in the right eye. Positively, I found the cornea less cloudy, and could observe that some of the matter had been absorbed. I now gave him only a dose night and morning. In three weeks absorption was complete, and dimness of the cornea quite removed, and his sight restored. Besides all this, all the inflammation of the conjunctiva was also cured. (From Schussler).

A woman, aet. 56, from Simbach, who always wore blue spectacles, came to see me, as she had become blind in the right eye. The cause and consequent suffering were as follows: Three years ago, one noon-day in the winter, she was walking from Arnstorf to Simbach. The whole of the meadows, were covered with snow, on which the sun was shining brightly, causing a strong refraction. Suddenly she felt a severe pain in the right eye, and immediately discovered that she had lost the sight of it. She took some snow and held it over her eye, which she thought did her some good. On reaching home she sent for the doctor, who put a leech to the right temple and gave her a strong purgative. She had to keep her bed for three weeks. The pain subsided, but her sight did not return. Some time after, she travelled all the way to Passau, to consult Dr. E., the oculist. He gave her a laxative and some ointment, to be rubbed all around the eye (Ungt. hydrarg.). As the ointment affected the gum and loosened the teeth, she stopped using it, her sight being no better. Later on, when she heard that Prof. Rothmund had operated on the pastor of Landau for cataract, she went to see him. “If this medicine won’t help you, you will remain blind for life,” were the Professor’s words. His prescription was Potassium iodide. After having had the prescription made up three times, and using it steadily, she felt no improvement, and was quite inconsolable. With her right eye she saw nothing; all seemed smoke and mist; and the other eye was becoming weaker and weaker from month to month. External examination showed the conjunctiva intact, as also the cornea, iris, etc. All pointed to internal disease of the inner medium of the eye. I could see but little of the retina, as there was a kind of mist over it, which seemed to spread from the vitreous humor over the background of the eye. I introduced the rays of light in different directions, and by this means I was better able to obtain sight of the retina. It appeared dim and misty, the veins were clearly seen, forming a dark network. In some places there were indistinctly defined spots, some larger than others, appearing to me like the residue of extravasated blood. The arteries were scarcely visible, and seemed to me pale and more contracted than in the normal condition. The necessary therapeutic treatment clearly indicated to me was to produce abortion of the exuded substance, this being the cause of the dulness of sight. According to Professor Rothmund’s opinion, inflammation of the retina always arises in the connective tissue, and as this exuded substance appears of a coagulated nature which no doubt is fibrinous, and, as is well known, can be hypertrophied, and is capable of fatty degeneration, I found that of the remedies I could think of the most suitable seemed to be Kali mur. I now gave the woman eight powders, each containing two centigrammes; the powder to be dissolved in half a wineglassful of water, a tablespoonful to be taken night and morning. A fortnight after, the patient came back, saying, “I don’t think I am any worse. Please give me some more of those powders.” She received a dozen, with the same directions. One morning she called quite early, and told me in great glee that on rising that morning she could see the window-sash quite distinctly. I tested her sight from different distances, and found that she had really improved. “I can see pretty well through the mist,” she said. Kali mur. was continued in small doses, and in four months her sight was restored. (From Schussler).

William Boericke
William Boericke, M.D., was born in Austria, in 1849. He graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in 1880 and was later co-owner of the renowned homeopathic pharmaceutical firm of Boericke & Tafel, in Philadelphia. Dr. Boericke was one of the incorporators of the Hahnemann College of San Francisco, and served as professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics. He was a member of the California State Homeopathic Society, and of the American Institute of Homeopathy. He was also the founder of the California Homeopath, which he established in 1882. Dr. Boericke was one of the board of trustees of Hahnemann Hospital College. He authored the well known Pocket Manual of Materia Medica.
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.