Irritation in the eyes with a heightened sensitivity to light
Origin : Native to Europe, but now also found in Asia and North America.
Background : This herb has been used to treat eye strain and inflammations since the Middle Ages. Modern herbalists use it for infections and allergic conditions of the eyes, middle ear, sinuses, and nasal passages.
Preparation : The whole, fresh, flowering plant, including the root, is chopped and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : People who respond well to Euphrasia are typically taciturn, indolent, melancholic, and prone to daydreaming. Euphrasia has a classic affinity with the eyes. Common physical symptoms include irritation in the eyes, with cutting, burning, pressing pains and sticky mucus. There is typically heightened sensitivity to light, with burning, swollen eyelids and frequent blinking. The eyes tend to water profusely, a symptom that is exacerbated by open air, lying down, or coughing. The remedy is used mainly for allergies or infections affecting the eyes and nose, such as colds, EQUISETUM ARVENSE (Field horsetail) 142
hay fever, or conjunctivitis. It may also be prescribed if eye symptoms occur after an injury.
Symptoms Better : For open air; for blinking; for wiping the eyes.
Symptoms Worse : For warmth; for wind; for sunlight; for being indoors.