CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF DRY EYE DISEASE IN MENOPAUSAL WOMAN- AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE
*Dr. Mamatha K. V., **Dr. Sandhya Rani D., ***Dr. Sapna Dinesh Bhandary
The highlight of Menopause is not only Cessation of menstrual cycles and end of reproductive phase of life but also has strong impact before and after math which influence women‟s health for their lifetime. Ayurveda seers have mentioned rajonivritti at the age of 50 years which falls under Vata predominating period. Dry eye also known as keratoconjuctivitis sicca or xerophthalmia, is a multi-factorial disease that results in discomfort, visual disturbance and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface on progression of the disease. Postmenopausal women have higher incidence of DED. Large-scale epidemiological studies done in the United States have shown that the rate of DED in women over 50 years old is nearly double that in men over 50, at 7% and 4%, respectively. Numerous studies have demonstrated that there is a hormonal etiology behind this group's susceptibility to DED.[2,3] In this article an attempt has been made to analyze the relation between Rajonivritti and shushkakshipaka as ocular manifestation from the ayurveda perspective.
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