Natural Remedies for Astigmatism

Rose Petals
Posted by Kathleen (Rice Lake, WI) on 08/05/2008

I am 19 years old and have had astigmatism since before I was in kindergarten. It's such a burden to me and up until a year or so ago I wore glasses and finally got contacts because they started making cheaper ones that weren't glass.

Anyways, I was researching for any cures and since I absolutely love this site, I started here, but was quite disappointed there was nothing listed for astigmatism. So I found multiple sites which pushed for lasik or glasses and contacts. But the problem with these is that lasik doesn't always solve the problem permanently. And I don't like to give those who push non-natural alternatives because I personally believe that God put all these plants and things on earth for a reason, not to just look pretty.

I eventually came across a site which mentioned Rose water and how it has been used for years to help with poor eye sight. I searched "Astigmatism Rosewater" a little more to find out what this stuff is about and how to make it. I'm not completely sure how come it helps so much, but it works apparently and since there are no added things to it, that is good enough for me. I searched for how to make rosewater and the easiest one I found, which I use is:

1. Pick fresh rose petals that have no pesticides and insecticides. If you're unable to obtain such petals, then go to your local flower seller and ask for organic roses. And if they don't have them, then wash the rose petals REALLY well in cold water, not hot.

2. Boil some water and for every packed cup of rose petals add 2 cups of boiling water.

3. The petals will start to lose color and the water will gain a bit of the color the petals were.

4. After pretty much all of the color is gone (it's ok if some of the petals didn't lose their color) use a strainer to rid the water of the petals. Squeeze the remaining water from the petals and dispose of the petals.

5. Let the water cool a bit because you don't want to burn your eye :S

6. This is an optional step: For every 8 oz. of rosewater, you can add either: a small small small amount of lime juice OR add a grain of alum. I personally wouldn't recommend both because that sounds like it'd be painful...

That is the simplest way to make it. And to put it in your eye, you should get an eye dropper and add a few drops like 3-4 times a day. If you don't have an eye dropper handy, wash your hands really well and then dip your finger in the rosewater and let it drip off your finger into your eye.

Here are a few of the links I found that seemed the most helpful:

This one has a post by someone who offered many helpful hints. I haven't tried any, but they don't sound like they'll do any bodily harm. I do know for a fact that staring at the sun at the indicated times does not do any harm to your eyes! I have no clue what the pressure points the person was talking about are...

I have just begun this endeavor only a while ago and I know it's working. My eyes are beginning to hurt because my glasses are too strong

I pray the best for all of those who suffer with astigmatism and other ailments of the eyes!