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Myopia or shortsightedness refers to difficulty in seeing objects at a distance. The light rays coming into the eyes are supposed to converge at a particular point on retina. However in myopia they start converging much ahead of retina, as a result of which the person has blurred vision of distant objects but clear vision of near objects.
Excessive use of the eyes, studying or reading in dim light, excessive use of computers, lack of eye exercises, improper diet and nutrition are some causes of myopia. Heredity is also a factor.
From Ayurvedic point of view, vision defects imply derangement of doshas. Alochak pitta that resides in eyes is resposible for vision. Vitiation of this pitta causes vision problems. Causes like excess use of eyes increase vata which then weakens the structures in eyes. Because of causes like lack of proper diet, alochak pitta and dhatus (tissues) in eyes do not receive proper nourishment and therfore fail to perform their functions properly. Improper food, hampered digestion etc may produce toxins which can block the channels and cause malnourishmment of optic tissues. So Ayurvedic treatment of optical problems includes balancing the body energies in addition to therapies that clear eye blockages, nourish and strengthen the optical nerves and tissues to enhance vision.