M. J., aged seventy-seven years, has been blind four years. She is small, emaciated and of sallow complexion. She has had three children. The account she gave of the exciting cause of her disease, was very unsatisfactory. She could only say that several years ago, in consequence of a cold, she was attacked with inflammation of the conjunctiva and that, from that time, her vision became more and more feeble. She saw snow-flakes and spider webs continually in the atmosphere; surrounding objects appeared to her to be enveloped in a thick mist, which prevented her from distinguishing with accuracy the external margin of an object; the light of a candle was encircled by a halo; she could distinguish everything more clearly in the evening than in the morning; artificial light she could not well tolerate.
The patient came to our institution (Brussels Policlinique) April 29th, 1856. At this time she could hardly distinguish light from darkness; the pupils were dilated and the mobility of the iris was partially impaired; the crystalline lens was obscured, of a whitish color and uniformly shaded. The patient complained of no pain; her disposition was much affected however, and she had, for four years, found it impossible to apply herself to her accustomed occupation. All bodily functions were normal.
We began our medical treatment, 29th April, with Euphrasia30; three globules were dissolved in six ounces of water, and a tea-spoonful taken every night and morning May 16th. The patient reported an improvement. She could already better distinguish day from night. The same remedy was continued, but in a higher potency, and the three globules to be taken all at once.
August 4th. The patient began to distinguish objects, but they appeared distorted. Cannabis30 was prescribed, three globules to be dissolved in five ounces of water, and a teaspoonful of the solution to be taken every morning and evening. This remedy was allowed to act undisturbed until Dec. 1.
The condition of things was unchanged. The high potencies were then resorted to. Sulph.200, three globules, was given. On the 2nd March, the crystalline lens appeared to be less clouded. The patient could distinguish persons although they appeared to her as if in a mist. After this time she was able to come to the unattended. Caust.200 was given.
At the end of the month of May, the patient, quite overjoyed at her condition, informed us that she could readily distinguish all objects; could clearly recognize the letters in a book; that she could devote herself again to her usual occupations, but that she saw a halo around the light of a candle Phosphorus20 was the last remedy which the patient received. Two months later she came to render thanks for the benefits she had received, assuring us that her vision had improved to such a degree that she could thread a needle, could sew, and could read with case.
Before publishing this history, we have made enquiries respecting the good woman who has now reached her eightieth year, and learn that the happy result, thus attained by her through Homoeopathy, has continued to the present time. D.
|The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 02 No. 09, 1860, pages 413-414
|Case of Double Cataract
|Euphrasia officinalis, Cannabis indica, Sulphur, Causticum, Silicea terra, Phosphorus.
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