Iritis occurs when the iris that is the colored part which surrounds the pupil becomes inflamed. The small blood vessels and the excess protein that has leaked out of the small blood vessels, inside the eye, float into the aqueous fluid present between the iris and the cornea.
Though the exact cause is not known it is considered to be mostly caused by infection of the eye or inflammation from trauma. It can also be a complication of certain diseases like juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis and collagen vascular diseases. It causes varying degrees of redness in the eye, sensitivity to light, watery eyes, blurred vision and significant pain. The pupil of the affected eye also becomes smaller than the pupil of the healthy eye. Children suffering from arthritis can also have iritis but the pain is often absent and there is just redness in the eyes. Iritis should be attended to promptly otherwise it can cause permanent loss of vision.
The first step in treating iritis is to reduce the inflammation and strengthen the immune system. Fish oil has many nutrients and is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which are not only powerful antioxidants but also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
These fatty acids scavenge all the harmful radicals from the body and detoxify it thoroughly. Take one capsule of fish oil twice daily. You can also include fish in your daily diet to enhance the level of B group vitamins in your body.
Amla has been used since time unknown for keeping the body in good health and in good functioning order. It has huge stores of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant and which helps to remove all the harmful free radicals and which also helps to maintain a strong and clear vision by strengthening the eyes and its surrounding blood vessels.
When amlas are in season, quarter them and dry them in the sun. Grind the dried amla to a fine powder and store it in an airtight jar. Swallow one teaspoon of amla powder with a glass of water every morning.
Drumstick leaves are especially very good for all kinds of eye disorders because of its huge content of vitamin A, vitamin C and essential amino acids. It is also high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which nourish the eyes and the brain and help to alleviate the inflammation.
Wash a handful of fresh drumstick leaves and blend them in a mixer grinder with a little water. Strain the juice and drink half a cup of it daily, every morning.
Flaxseeds are also very rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are crucial for maintaining eye health. They can also reduce the inflammation and ease the redness and pain in the eyes. Eat two tablespoons of flaxseeds with your cereal every morning.
Holy basil is very good for the eyes as it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which prevent oxidative stress by removing all the toxins from the body. Chew four or five fresh holy basil leaves every morning.