retina occurances

An Eye Injury Can Cause Retinal Detachment

My client calls me stating that she just came from the eye doctor, who says she has a potential Exudative Retinal Detachment in her right eye. She stated the doctor doesn’t see any tears in her retina, but does see swelling in the back of her eye. My client told me she had an eye injury several months ago and her doctor told her that if she sees any kind of flashing lights in her vision to come in to have her eye check out. She stated yesterday she saw a flash of light and got right into the eye doctor. After asking a few questions, I selected the Homeopathic Remedy Arnica Montana 200c for the prior eye injury, which can lead to detached retina.

A week after taking Arnica Montana two times a day (am and bedtime) with 10 succussions, my client said she hasn’t noticed any flashes of lights. The eye doctor said the eye swelling is slowly diminishing and he thinks there is a very good chance her retina will not detach. Though, they still need to keep checking the eye swelling. I had my client continue taking Arnica Montana twice a day until the eye swelling is completely down.

If my client told me she had bleeding of one or more blood vessels, I would have had her take the Homeopathic Remedy Phosphorus too.

What is a Detached Retina?

Your eyeball has a jelly-like fluid called Vitreous Fluid that fills the space between the lens and the retina (thin light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye). The vitreous fluid helps the eye maintain its shape, along with nourishing your eye. The vitreous commonly moves loosely away from the retina and does not cause any harm to the retina. When the vitreous fluid becomes more liquid with age, it loosely attaches to the retina. When the vitreous pulls away hard enough from the retina, it tears the retina, allowing the vitreous fluid to pass through the tear and lifts the retina off the back of the eye, which causes a detached retina.

The 3 Signs of a Detached Retina

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may not know the retina has detached because you will not experience any pain unless you know three symptoms of a detached retina. A detached retina usually occurs in one eye but can also occur in both eyes, especially later.

  1. Flashes of Light – You’ll see a flash of light or lightning streaks in your vision, such as a flash of colors or shading of colors before your eye. The flashes of light can randomly last a split second or for a few seconds throughout the day.
  2. Floaters – Seeing floaters in your vision is considered to be part of aging. However, when you notice lots of new floaters, specks, or squiggly lines, especially if they are in a dark swirl, it could be a sign your retina may have become detached or is already detached.
  3. Shadow or Curtain – Seeing a dark shadow or curtain (on the side, top, or bottom) covering your vision is an advanced symptom that your retina has detached.

 

Depending on the severity of your retina detaching, you may see the flashes of lights or more floaters several days or weeks before your retina detaches. A detached retina is a severe eye condition and can lead to blindness. When you start seeing flashes of light and more floaters, you need to have your eyes checked, especially before a dark shadow blocks your vision.

There are 3 Types of Retinal Detachment

Each of the three types of retinal detachments have different characteristics as to what causes you to have a detached retina.

  1. Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment – This is the most common type of retinal detachment and usually occurs as you age, which thins the retina. Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment has the common symptoms of a detached retina (flashes of light, floaters and dark shadow).
  2. Tractional Retinal Detachment Occurs when scar tissue becomes bigger on your retina and pulls your retina away from the back of your eye. Tractional Retinal Detachment commonly seen when you have Diabetic Retinopathy. Other causes include eye diseases, eye infections, and swelling in the eye.
  3. Exudative Retinal Detachment – This occurs when fluid builds up behind your retina, and you don’t have any tears or breaks in your retina. When the fluid gets trapped behind your retina, it pushes your retina away from the back of your eye and causes it to detach. Common causes of Exudative Retinal Detachment are leaking blood vessels or swelling in the back of the eye. Leakage of the eye can come from an injury or trauma to your eye, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), tumors in your eye, and Coats disease (a rare eye disorder).

 

The Homeopathic Remedy Gelsemium Selected for Detached Retina

A client calls up asking me if Homeopathy can address a detached retina. She told me she was just diagnosis as having a detached retina, and her eye doctor wants to treat is soon as possible. She said her doctor sees the vitreous is pulling away and there is a very small tear in the retina. My client told me I would prefer trying something naturally to address it, so it does not reoccur. I told her there are Homeopathic Remedies for detached retina however, I warn her that she needs to start a Homeopathic Remedy soon as possible. Because there is a very short window of time from when the beginnings of a detached retina symptoms start and become a serious situation to where she can become permanently blind. I also stated that if I took her case on, she would have to be monitored by her eye doctor and if things were not improving, she would have to have her eye doctor treat it. My client stated a couple of days ago, she saw split second flashes of lights that day and has not seen any flashes since then. I explained to my client it is common to have a few flashes of light in the beginning which can lead to seeing lots of floaters.

After asking her a couple more questions, I selected the Homeopathic Remedy Gelsemium 30c to be taken at bedtime in a Remedy Solution Bottle with 10 succussions. I also selected the Homeopathic Remedy Calcarea Carbonica 6c, which is also taken at bedtime with 10 succussions. The Calcarea Carbonica was selected for the stress that is going on in her family the last few months. My client shared with me that she has been juggling a lot between her work schedule, family’s activities and her parents doctor visits. She said I never seem to have time for myself, I am always doing for others.

My client reported back a week later stating she noticed she has been sleeping a little deeper at night and not as tired upon wakening. She only had one flash of light since taking the two Homeopathic Remedies. She hasn’t been back to the eye doctor. I told her she needs to have her eye checked out this week.

Two weeks later, my client stated she has not seen anymore flashes of light, since taking Calcarea Carbonica and Gelsemium nightly. She did have her eye checked and the doctor did not see any changes in her eye. I told her it can take a while for her eye to improve. The vitreous has to stop pulling away from the retina and the small tear in the retina needs to become smaller and eventually close up. I told her that is why I stated if she sees any eye symptoms, she will need to have the eye doctor treat her so she does not lose her eyesight. I had my client continue taking her Calcarea Carbonica and Gelsemium nightly.

Two weeks later my client reported that her eye doctor stated it looks like the retina is ever so slightly improving. I told her, this is good news! She said her eye doctor is hesitant to sit back and wait for her eye to improve, when he could do a procedure and address the retina. I said I completely understand why he feels this way and you are so lucky to have a doctor that is willing to accommodate your wishes. She stated she hasn’t seen anymore flashes, except for the one time when she started to take the Homeopathic Remedies. I told her we have to stay the course with the Homeopathic Remedies, unless we see different symptoms. She also told me that she is not as overwhelmed with all of the family stuff and her work schedule for the most part.

Homeopathic Remedies for Detached Retina

The following Homeopathic Remedies will be selected according to what detached retina symptoms are, along with what is the cause of you developing a detached retina.

  • Apis Melifica – Swelling of the eye with detached retina could be from an injury or vitreous and or retina swollen.
  • Arnica Montana – Is selected for a detached retina from an eye injury or eye surgery. Having double vision (diplopia from eye trauma and retinal hemorrhage.) Arnica can also have eye floaters from a prior eye injury that is still occurring presently. Can also have a flickering before the eyes.
  • Aurum Metallicum – You feel a strong pulsation of the central portion of retinal vessels. There is an accumulation of fluid beneath the retina. Can have photophobia, especially only sees upper half of the vision field (hemiopia).
  • Crotalus Horridus – Detached retina with bleeding of the retina, which can occur after a stroke.
  • Gelsemium – You have haziness of vitreous and blurry distorted vision. Increased intra -ocular pressure in the eye is increased. Gelsemium is also best for detachment of retina from myopia and after an eye injury.
  • Digitalis Purpurea – Detached retina with a feeling of wavering vision and everything appears green or yellow. A feeling of dark bodies like flies before the eyes.
  • Jaborandi – Retinal detachment with cataract. You may have a stinging pain in eyes with vertigo and nausea. You may experience hazy vision for a few minutes and can feel tension in the eyes.
  • Lachesis Muta – Detached retina with degenerative changes to retina and retinal bleeding worse from light.
  • Naphthalinum – The eyes feel inflamed, painful and blood shot. Shiny bodies are seen in vitreous. White patches are seen in and on the retina. There is exudation (slow escape of liquid beginning to rise or penetrate outward or toward the surface) in the retina, choroid and ciliary body.
  • Phosphorus – Detached retina with bleeding of the blood vessels, especially in the back of the eye. You may have eye floaters with black spots and flashes of light or red dots, which can have diminishing sight. Looking at any bright, shining object also worsens the complaint. You may be nearsighted (able to see up close).
  • Ruta Graveolens – Detached retina with eye strain, which can cause headaches. You may feel a sensation of heat in the eye. May also have an astigmatism (curvature of your eye’s cornea or lens).
  • Thiosinaminum – Detached retina with scar tissue (Tractional Retinal Detachment).

 

Are You at a Higher Risk of Developing a Detached Retina?

It is estimated that 1 in 10,000 people in USA will have a detached retina.

  • You or a Family Member had a Detached Retina Before
  • You’ve had a Serious Eye Injury
  • You’ve had Eye Surgery, such as Cataract Surgery
  • You are Nearsightedness (myopia), especially Degenerative Myopia
  • Posterior Vitreous Detachment
  • Have Eye Disease, such as Retinoschisis (retina separates into 2 layers) or Lattice Degeneration (thinning of the retina)

 

In some detached retina cases, Homeopathic Remedies such as Calendula and Human Retina may be needed to heal the tissue tear on the retina by helping the tissue regenerate new tissue cells to form. For example, if the hole in the retina was not closing up, the Homeopathic Remedy Gelsemium, selected for the Detached Retina case scenario shared in this Blog, could be used in conjunction with Calendula or Human Retina.

Syphilitic Miasm addresses destruction (deterioration) of tissue such as stomach ulcer, or as in this case atrophy and destruction of the retina. When well-chosen Homeopathic Remedies stop working or do not work, the Homeopathic Remedy Syphilinum may be needed to help jump start the retinal healing.

A detached retina is a very serious condition that can cause loss of vision. In some cases, permanent blindness can happen as quickly as a few days. According to the medical world (Allopathy) they believe the eye can heal from this injury or without intervention, but it won’t repair any damage that is done. Their example is a retina won’t typically reattach without medical intervention. I agree that can be true for a severely detached retina. However, there are some detached retinal cases that can be addressed with a Homeopathic Remedy. Just as in the case scenario I shared here in my Blog, the detached retina needs to be monitored by your eye doctor. At any time, the eye symptoms are not improving, I highly recommend having your eye doctor do the procedure that is needed for your detached retina to save your eyesight. You can always give a Homeopathic Remedy after the eye procedure to address why you had the detached retina, to help prevent having a reoccurring retinal detachment.

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About the Author: Virangini Cindy

Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, C. Hom., is a homeopathic health consultant and educator who has been involved with homeopathy since the early 1980's. She has studied the field extensively with internationally known homeopath and author Dr. Robin Murphy, N.D., among others. She began teaching and consulting in 1983 and, along with her late father Louis Dion, C. Hom. began a homeopathic study group in Hunterdon County, NJ to help people learn and use homeopathy in their daily lives. Virangini Cindy works closely with medical doctors, chiropractors, and other homeopathic and holistic practitioners. She has incorporated Rasavidya Medical Astrology (different than regular astrology) into her practice as well. Having practiced QiGong since the 1980's, she uses medical QiGong poses alongside the medical astrology to help individuals with life issues and chakra balancing.