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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:

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.