Glaucoma

What is it? Glaucoma is a collection of eye disorders which cause damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerves are the structures which carry information from the retina (the part of the eye which senses light) to the brain, allowing us to see. When the delicate fibers of these nerves become damaged, blind spots… Continue reading Glaucoma

Retinal Tear vs. Retinal Detachment

Retinal tears and detachments are both eye conditions that can lead to vision loss or blindness if not treated. Retinal tears are more common than a full detachment, but they have similar symptoms that are important to catch as early as possible to avoid any potential long term damage to the retina or permanent loss… Continue reading Retinal Tear vs. Retinal Detachment

How Does Diabetes Affect My Eyes?

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a very common chronic health condition that affects how the body processes nutrients. Over 37 million people in the US have diabetes – that’s about 1 person in every 10. Normally, the body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into the bloodstream.… Continue reading How Does Diabetes Affect My Eyes?

Costume Contact Lenses and Safety

  Cosmetic or decorative contact lenses are contact lenses that change the way your eyes look, whether or not they provide any corrective benefit. These contact lenses can make your eyes look different in many ways, from changing pupil shape or eye color, to giving cartoon character or animal eye effects. These contact lenses are also often… Continue reading Costume Contact Lenses and Safety

Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy

  Fuchs’ corneal dystrophy is a disorder in which the cells in the endothelial layer of the cornea essentially die. The purpose of these cells is to pump fluid from the cornea. When these cells are no longer functioning, fluid builds up and causes corneal swelling. This corneal edema affects vision, causing it to be… Continue reading Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy

Corneal Scratches

  Your Care Instructions The cornea is the clear surface that covers the front of the eye. When a speck of dirt, a wood chip, an insect, or another object flies into your eye, it can cause a painful scratch on the cornea. Wearing contact lenses too long or rubbing your eyes can also scratch… Continue reading Corneal Scratches

Anterior Basement Membrane Dystrophy Erosion

  Anterior Basement Membrane Dystrophy (ABMD) affects the epithelium, which is the front layer of the cornea. It is caused by an overproduction of tissue underneath the epithelium, causing gaps in between the epithelial cells. This abnormality of the cells causes blurred vision and can lead to a condition called recurrent corneal erosion (RCE).  RCE… Continue reading Anterior Basement Membrane Dystrophy Erosion

Viral Conjunctivitis

  Viral conjunctivitis is highly contagious and is most often caused by adenovirus. Symptoms include irritation and redness, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation, and a watery discharge. Symptoms may start in one eye and rapidly spread to the other eye. There may also be small bumps on the inside of the lids, called follicles. Many… Continue reading Viral Conjunctivitis

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… Continue reading Bacterial Conjunctivitis

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 irritate the… Continue reading Conjunctivochalasis and Lax Eyelid Syndrome (LES)

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