An Ayurvedic management of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Detachment - A Case Study
Introduction: Retinal pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) are characterized by separation between the RPE and the inner most aspect of Bruch's membrane. The space created by this separation is occupied by blood, serous exudate, drusenoid material, fibro vascular tissue or a combination. The symptoms of RPE detachment can be considered under Drustigata Rogas mentioned by Sushrutha. This is a case study of a 73year old male patient who was diagnosed with PED with Subretinal fluid in Right eye since 8 months. Materials and methods: The subject who approached Shalakya Tantra OPD of Government Ayurveda Medical College Bengaluru with symptoms of diminished vision for both near and far objects in right eye associated with flashes in front of eye since 8 months, patient underwent two courses of inpatient management, which included Ayurvedic oral medicines, and external therapies for the eyes (Kriyakalpa) and head. Results: Signs of improvement in visual acuity and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were observed at the end of both treatments. Conclusion: The main aim of management was to preserve and give a better quality of vision for the patient. The results indicate the potential of Ayurvedic treatments to manage and maintain vision in REP detachment.
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