Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF BLEPHARITIS
Blepharitis is a chronic or long
term inflammation of the eyelids and eyelashes, affecting people of
all ages. It is the most common form of ocular disease.
The symptoms of blepharitis include redness of the eyes and eyelids,
itching, burning and a feeling that something is in the eyes.
Some patients complain that their eyelids form crusts and stick together
in the morning.
Blepharitis can be associated with a low grade bacterial
infection (staphylococcal blepharitis) or, more commonly, a generalized
skin condition (seborrheic blepharitis). Among the most frequent
causes are poor eyelid hygiene; excess oil produced by the glands in the
eyelids; a bacterial infection; or an allergic reaction.
Standard medical treatment for blepharitis usually
focuses on increased hygiene such as gentle cleansing of the eyelid and
the use of warm compresses applied to the eyelids for several minutes
a day. An antibiotic drop or ointment may be prescribed if bacterial
infection is present. Although blepharitis can usually be improved
and controlled with diligent care, chronic blepharitis is difficult to
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE
Edgar Cayce gave twenty-five readings indexed as blepharitis.
This group of readings portray a variety of causes which can produce inflammation
to the eyelids. Essentially, causes of blepharitis can be classified
as local or systemic.
Local causes include infection and poor hygiene which
relate directly to the condition. Systemic causes are more general
and affect other organs of the body. For example, the most frequently
cited cause of blepharitis is problems with the spinal nerves which provide
impulse and regulate circulation to the eyes. These nerves are located
along the upper portion of the spine (upper dorsal/thoracic and cervical).
Reading 1045-3 is explicit in linking the eye condition
to problems along the upper spine and recommending pressure or manipulation
to counteract the nerve irritation and to "set up drainages" to improve
eliminations and cleanse the system:
(Q) What may be done for the swollen eyelids?
(A) This condition may be relieved by the pressure on the spine
to set up drainages from the system. Let this pressure or manipulation
extend, then, to the upper cervical area. (1045-3)
Poor circulation, in particular, can lead to a buildup
of toxicity which compromises functioning and makes the eyelids vulnerable
to infection or other irritating factors. Poor circulation and subsequent
accumulation of toxins may be contributing factors in local skin conditions
(seborrheic blepharitis) and bacterial infections (staphylococcal blepharitis).
Here is an excerpt from reading 774-1 which describes
the pathological effects of pressures on spinal nerves and the treatments
recommended for this problem. Note that the poor circulation allowed
"drosses" (wastes that should be eliminated by blood and lymph flow) to
accumulate which provided an opportunity for "infectious forces" to take
... there are pathological effects from pressures that have existed
in the upper dorsal, and through the cervical area, to the circulations
to and through those portions of the body itself. Hence an accumulation
of drosses until there are those infectious forces upon the eyeball itself,
as well as the natural accumulations in the lachrymal duct area, as well
as in the lids and the retinae itself being hindered in its reactions
by these accumulations.
In making for the helpful conditions, as we find,
we would make specific adjustments and alleviation of pressures in the
3rd, the 2nd dorsal; in the 4th and 3rd cervical, with the pressures stimulated
by the circulation that arises - by the alleviating of these pressures
- through the temple of the head and at the 1st and 2nd cervical and the
areas along the veins and arteries in the vagus centers. These would,
by the stimulation osteopathically given, alleviate these pressures.
Then the application of those things that have been
used as the antiseptic and washes for the eyes may be much more effective.
We would find also helpful the stimulations from
the electrical vibrations of the violet ray, following such osteopathic
adjustments and manipulations (that would be given three or four times
each week). Stimulate along the temple, down each side of the throat,
then down from the base of the brain to at least the 9th and 10th dorsal
centers. These treatments would be with the bulb applicator applied directly
to those portions of the surface of the body itself, stimulating the centers
that would carry circulation both from and to affected portions specifically.
The therapies recommended in this case are based on
the pathology. Spinal manipulations are suggested to remove the
pressure on the nerves affecting the eyes. Antiseptic eye washes
are prescribed to eliminate the infectious agents and the "drosses" which
had accumulated. The use of the violet ray, a mild form of electrotherapy,
was intended to stimulate the circulation and assist with the cleansing
Systemic aspects of cases such as 774 are important.
The nerves along the upper spine provide impulse not only to the eyes,
but to the organs of digestion and elimination. Reading 774-1 recommended
an alkaline diet, laxatives, and enemas to assist in cleansing the alimentary
canal and improving general eliminations.
Reading 1963-1 also cites systemic factors associated
with inflammation of the eyelids:
Now as we find, the general debilitations
which exist through the body, the lack of energies, the lack of the abilities
for the functioning of many of the organs in their proper relationships
one to another, are from nerve exhaustion.
Not that it has reached those proportions where
it is one portion of the nerve force destroying the other, as in sclerosis,
but rather pressures from poisons of a toxic nature throughout the system.
These as we find include toxic conditions which
affect the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, and the GENERAL conditions
through the body.
Also, through the pressures indicated in the areas
about the upper dorsals, inflammation is caused to the eyes, or optic
forces themselves, so that the inflammation in the lids and the granular
condition appearing upon the ball of the eye come from a nerve exhaustion.
Systemic treatment recommendations for Mr. 1963 included
a cleansing diet, colonic irrigations, manipulations to relieve
pressure on nerves along the upper spine, and watermelon seed tea to cleanse
the kidneys. The psychological aspects of this case (worrying) were
also noted. Moderate exercise in the open (walking) and adequate
rest and relaxation were suggested. Local treatment for the swollen
eyelids included potato poultice followed by a mild eye wash.
BASIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Conceptually, the Cayce approach to blepharitis focuses
on assisting the body in healing itself by the application of a variety
of therapies intended to provide symptomatic relief while also addressing
the underlying causes of the condition. The mental and spiritual
aspects of healing are emphasized from the standpoint of working with
a spiritual ideal.
Here are some general therapeutic recommendations
intended to address the underlying causes of blepharitis:
- MANUAL THERAPY (SPINAL MANIPULATION): Cayce often recommended
spinal manipulations to correct specific problems which may be a primary
cause of blepharitis. The upper spine, in particular, should
be evaluated for abnormalities. It is difficult to obtain the
osteopathic adjustments specified by Cayce. However, a chiropractor
may be of help. The frequency of the adjustments will depend on the
recommendations of the individual chiropractor or osteopath.
The use of an electric vibrator may also be helpful for individuals
unable to obtain regular spinal adjustments.
- EXERCISE: A simple "head and neck exercise" is suggested to assist
with relaxing neck muscles, improve nerve functioning and circulation
to the eyes.
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Because blepharitis was often linked with poor
eliminations, hydrotherapy is recommended to improve eliminations
through the colon. Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily and obtaining colonic irrigations to cleanse
the bowel. Following the diet should also assist with internal
- ELECTROTHERAPY: Regular use of the violet ray appliance to stimulate
nerve functioning and circulation is recommended.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and spiritual aspects of healing
are frequently discussed in the Cayce readings. Particularly,
an attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (spiritual ideal) for being healed.
SPECIFIC (LOCAL) RECOMMENDATIONS
The above general recommendations should
be helpful for addressing the systemic causes of blepharitis.
Here are two specific (local) recommendations which are intended
to provide symptomatic relief by decreasing inflammation and cleansing
POTATO POULTICES: Edgar Cayce often recommended that a pack consisting
of grated potato covered with gauze be placed over the eyes to relieve
inflammation and draw off drosses.
EYE WASHES: Regular washing with a mild antispetic is recommended.
Edgar Cayce usually suggested a dilute boric acid solution. Boric
acid is a major component in some of the eyes washes which are still available
at local drugstores.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health