Keratoconjunctivitis is a combination of conjunctivitis and keratitis that results in simultaneous inflammations of the eye’s conjunctiva and cornea. It is caused by bacterial and viral factors, however, keratoconjunctivitis may also be a consequence of complications of conjunctivitis. Keratoconjunctivitis is a zoonosis, that is to say, meaning that it can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. This contagion is caused by contact with the tears, nasal and vaginal secretions of the carrier of the disease. However, insects like flies also spread the disease. If left untreated, keratoconjunctivitis can lead to blindness over the long term.
Keratoconjunctivitis begins with tingling in the eyes, followed by burning sensations and dryness in the cornea. Subsequently, the eye swells and becomes very sensitive to the wind, smoke and light. Vision may become opaque while a possible purulence may appear. This purulence is the reason for the eye’s yellowish colour, which is characteristic of keratoconjunctivitis. However, the colour turns pink once the subject begins to heal. Furthermore, in case of keratoconjunctivitis, it is also possible for redness to appear in the eye.
Apis mellifica is a first-choice remedy that can be used in the homoeopathic treatment of keratoconjunctivitis. Indeed, this drug is effective against several forms of this disease. The recommended dosage consists of two granules of Apis mellifica 5 CH, to be taken 5 times a day during 2 days, followed by two granules of Apis mellifica 5 CH, to be taken in three daily intakes over a 6-day period.
The use of Euphrasia officinalis is advised when the keratoconjunctivitis is accompanied by photophobia. In that case, the patient needs to take 5 granules of Euphrasia officinalis 9 CH two to three times a day, until the symptoms’ complete disappearance. In case of burning pain in the eye, it is recommended to resort to two to three daily intakes of Arsenicum album 9 CH, of which a dose consists of 5 granules, until the symptoms disappear. Moreover, Pyrogenium 5 CH, Boribel 5 CH and Argentum 5 CH can also help reduce the symptoms of keratitis.
Keratoconjunctivitis can lead to blindness if it is not quickly treated. Thus, a medical consultation is advisable when the symptoms persist for more than 2 to 3 days. A medical examination is also recommended in case the keratoconjunctivitis worsens, especially if the eye continues to swell despite the treatment or if the discomfort caused by the disease becomes too great.
• Cantharis Vesicatoria
• Mercurius Corrosivus
• Mercurius Solubilis
• Rhus Toxicodendron
Good to know: Thanks to homoeopathy, it is possible to quickly recover visual acuity in case of keratoconjunctivitis. Indeed, the combination of several homoeopathic remedies strengthens the patient’s immunity system and helps to quickly obtain positive results.