Very good information on iritis. I would like to add that I was told by my opthomologist that my iritis can be a symptom/side effect of having a gene HLA-B27, which I do. It can cause these people to have nightshade problems.
I have been dealing with iritis for approx 10 years in both eyes with no idea what was causing it... Have had to have cataract surgery because of the treatment drops... I found relief by accident because just before one outbreak I got sniffles after working in a damp dusty shed... By that night my eye hurt slightly but I thought maybe I had gotten something in it.. Decided I needed to go out next day and get some allergy pills... By morning I was full blown iritis... Got my allergy pills anyway and guess what... Within hours of taking the pill pain was gone... Made me wonder... So next time I had a flair up I took an allergy pill... This time it took 2 days and symptoms stopped... Everytime I have a flair up now I just pop one and stay on them for a few days and haven't had to head to the specialist yet (knock on wood).
Oxford Mills, Ontario Canada
I have suffered from Iritis for over 10 years now. It can occur in either eye with no known underlying cause for the flare-ups. Since being diagnosed I've been to multiple specialists and was given steroid eye drops. Whilst the steroids helped tremendously I was concerned about the long-term side-effects.
After a bit of research I discovered Bilberry as a suggested natural remedy and have had amazing results. It's frequently found in over the counter products for healthy eye function but have found 5000mg of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) to be the best. I take 4 capsules a day -as per directions- but increase this number if I have a flare up. Not only has it reduced the number of flare-ups but when I have an attack it actively relieves the pain and stops the inflammation in its tracks.
I suffered for about 20 years with this painful and terrible nightmare: iritis in both eyes. I did every little thing to get rid of it. Nothing worked for those 20 years. On the contrary, the iritis was getting worse and stubborn as I aged. Cortisone drops were the only medicine that worked if I started the same moment it appeared. I was at the point to give up and just wait what was happening to my eyes. One great day I was getting informed about the vegan life style. In a few days I started this new (for me) way of eating. Plant based diet, which excludes all animal flesh, eggs, milk and milk products. Since then on -6 months, I've been iritis FREE. Today I went to the ophthalmologist. He couldn't believe it. He said my eyes look very healthy. I had iritis so often that when an eye was healed, the other one started or both at the same time. I felt so relieved when the iritis was in remission for 3 weeks or rarely a whole month! Now nothing. I believed I am cured.
Hello - I first got iritis about 10 years ago and experienced difficult and frequent recurrences until I figured out I was having episodes after eating chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. I did not want to stop eating deserts so I experimented with my diet for a few years. I stopped eating all processed sugar 2 years ago (I only eat fruit as a source of sweets now) and I have not had an outbreak since. A few times a year I notice one of those headaches behind my eye coming on so I take a rx-strength motrin, and it is better the next day. Hope this helps someone.
Emerald City, The Land Of Oz
Los Angeles, Ca
I was accidentally punched in the eye when I was younger by my brother. For years combined with eye allergies (blapharitis), my eyes went through so much irritation (light sensitivity, some pain, etc). Did a fruit fast for 7 days of eating only organic fruits/water and my traumatic iritis went away.
Now trying to heal my tree nut allergies by doing the 5:2 fast. Will update on the allergy page.
I have successfully used fasting for numerous "itis"s. An "itis" of any kind is an inflammation. Fasting reduces inflammation. When I first used fasting for iritis I was scared. My doctor said I was going to go blind, but I had had an adverse reaction to the eye drops in a previous attack. So.... I got up my courage and went to bed and water fasted for a week in the dark. After just one day of not eating, the pain subsided. This was profoundly encouraging! I stuck with it and at the end of a week my sight had completely returned! Always before, I had found that iritis lasted about a month. I tried to tell my doctor about the huge discovery I had made. He didn't want to hear about it. I have never (knock on wood) had iritis return and it has been twenty years.
I believe I got iritis from drawing for hours in poor light. I believe it was brought on by eye strain. Anyway, fasting turned a miserable experience into an empowering experience. You can use it with colds, flu, tonsilitis, arthritis, bronchitis, cystitis.... On and on.
My worst symptom with iritis is how scared I get (that I'm going to lose my eyesight) But in a calmer state of mind I am following a supportive regime, which seems to be helping, though it's early days yet.
My treatment for iritis:
- homeopathic preparations
- Oculoheel drops and tablets.
- kalmia injeel S
- Mercurius corrosivus 30, then 6 repeated
- along with constitutional treatment (personal remedy)
- bilberries: as berries and as tea infusion; Bilberry extract; bilberry tablets
- visual eyes compound: contains lutein
- liver and kidney cleanse
- chi gong (Qigong) exercises for liver and kidney
- oxygen drops
- goldenseal and echinacea drops
- Fo ti drops
Hope this might help someone else out there!!
Long ago when I was suffering from frequent iritis attacks I found that Rutin worked quite well at controlling the eye inflammation. It took about 300mg twice a day to bring down inflammation, but sometimes I might go as high as 600mg twice a day.
A bit about Rutin:
- Don't use whilst pregnant. It is adrenalin sparing, and too much could conceivably bring on labour.
- Rutin is a plant extract, an antioxidant, and a flavanoid (comparable to quercetin found in tea)
- It may well be synergistic, and beneficial, to take vitamin C with this (or eat fruits containing this)
- Stop taking if you have a chest infection, just as a precaution. I was suspicious of some form of immune suppression, but I could very well be wrong.
I have enjoyed all the comments and decided to share mine. I first got iritis abt 1996. I had it 4 more times since then and always took the steriods. I have always cooked homemade meals with lots of veggies but occasionally ate meals out. I heard from my drs. from the start that it is connected to my easily irritated stomach. I have never been diagnosed with colitis. I do think I have dry eyes and staring at the computer doesn't help. in the last several yrs. I have been eating more organic. I have just started taking turmeric since iritis is called an inflammation. I am still working out the dose.
I am also taking a bilberry blend with rutin, again working out the dose. Also I am drinking ginger and green tea every morning w honey. I just had a bout last October and after the steroids I started the turmeric and bilberry. Now I feel another bout starting again so I am increasing everything and going to try to fast like a lot of you have said helps. So I will let you know what happens. I think after reading what a lot of you have been thru I feel fortunate. I am hoping the best for all of you. Thx