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Bacterial Conjunctivitis

  Bacterial conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is caused by bacteria infecting the eyes. Bacterial conjunctivitis is usually identifiable from thick discharge from the eye. Other symptoms include eye redness, swollen or red eyelids, and mild eye pain.  Bacterial conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes and may spread from one eye to the other if the healthy eye becomes...

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Conjunctivochalasis and Lax Eyelid Syndrome (LES)

Conjunctivochalasis is a common condition in which the conjunctiva develops excess folds. The conjunctiva is the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the sclera, or the white part of the eye. Conjunctivochalasis is most commonly caused gradually as the tissues thin and stretch with age. This loose tissue can...

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Entropion

Entropion, the opposite of ectropion, occurs when the lower lid turns inward toward the eyeball. The lid may be turned inward at all times or only when blinking hard or squeezing eyelids shut. The lid and lashes then rub on the cornea, causing irritation. Irritation can be minimized by using artificial tears or ointments. Entropion can be congenital or caused by...

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Ectropion

Ectropion occurs when the lower lid droops down and outward. It is also called Lax Eyelid Syndrome (LES). This can occur naturally due to age, or from disease or injury to the eyelid. Ectropion can cause corneal exposure keratitis, since the lids cannot close and blink all the way. This contributes to irritation from insufficient tear film. For this reason, many...

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Corneal Ulcer

Corneal ulcers are essentially open wounds on the cornea. Ulcers are usually caused by infection, but can also be due to severe dry eye or improper contact lens wear. Those most at risk for developing an ulcer are contact lens wearers, those with a history of chickenpox or shingles, and people with dry eyes. It is important to wear protective safety glasses when...

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