The Eye is a remarkable piece of artwork and should be treated with the utmost respect and care.
Sometimes eye dysfunction is acquired through specific incidents, some of which are seemingly inconsequential. Sometimes eye issues are present from birth and acquired during embryologic development.
Despite its specificity, it cannot be considered in isolation when to comes to assessment and treatment. There may be other lesions which influence the eye and these include:
- The cranium in general but more specifically the bones of the orbit with reference to restrictions between the bones and within the bones themselves.
- The membranes that surround the brain, brain structures, the optic nerve and back of the eyeball.
- The fluid system in the subarachnoid spaces, the general brain tissue and the ventricles (reservoirs) that house the cerebrospinal fluid.
- The grey matter of the brain that controls or influences the visual system and the white matter (or pathways) that conveys the information.
- The cranial nerves that supply the intrinsic function of the eye and also the external muscles that help to control movement.
- The other special sensory systems that integrate with the eye, like the vestibular (balance) system or the olfactory (smell) system.
The intrinsic structures of the eye can also be at fault. It is possible to work with:
- The conjunctiva
- The cornea
- The iris
- The lens
- The ciliary bodies
- The suspensory ligaments of the lens
- The aqueous humor (fluid) within the eye
- The vitreous chamber (area within the eyeball)
- The retina
Any work on the eye has to be very gentle and any ‘pressure’ applied to the eyes is done with caution. However, despite their lightness, the techniques that are used to treat the eye are very powerful.
Most of the time, work is done without contact lenses but in some cases, soft lenses are ok to remain in.
The following list is a summary of POSSIBLE contraindications. These do not preclude treatment, but it may be wise to discuss these with you prior to an appointment? They include:
- Eye inflammation
- Corneal abrasion or ulcers
- Corneal transplant
- Acute neoplasm
- Recent eye surgery or bleeding
- Acute fever or infection