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Amblyopia

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye,” is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. more>

Astigmatism

During Astigmatism, the shape of the cornea is irregular causing the light rays to focus on two points rather than one. The result is blurred or distorted vision. more>

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is inflammation of the edges of the eyelids, possibly with thickening scales, crusts, shallow ulcers, or redness and swelling at the edges of the eyelids. more>

Cataracts

When a human eye lens becomes cloudy it is called a cataract. Cataracts cause a gradual, painless loss of vision. more>

Conjunctivitis or "Pink Eye"

The conjunctiva is the thin, clear membrane over the white part of the eye. It also lines the eyelids. During Pink Eye – the conjunctiva becomes inflamed resulting in redness and irritation. more>

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition directly associated with diabetes. Diabetics have high blood sugar which causes the blood vessels in the retina to swell and leak blood, and damage the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. If not treated, this disease can cause blindness. more>

Dry Eye Syndrome

If your eyes are constantly dry and/or itchy, you may have dry eye syndrome.  Typically the condition is caused by a lack of or limited amounts of tears. Tears lubricate the cornea and  they do not consist of a proper balance of mucous, water, and oil, the eye will become irritated. more>

Eye Allergies

An eye allergy is your body's overreaction to a material it deems as even though it may not be. One example would be dust which is harmless to most people but in overly sensitive, allergic individuals can cause excessive tear production and mucus in the eyes. more>

Farsightedness

Farsightedness (or Hyperopia) causes difficultly focusing on near objects (blurry vision) and in serious cases can cause the patient unable to focus on objects at any distance. more>

Glaucoma

Similar to your blood, your eye has pressure. When intraocular pressure (IOP) rises to dangerous levels, it harms the optic nerve. With very high pressure, or higher than normal pressure over a period of time if not diagnosed and treated correctly, vision loss can occur and blindness may eventually result. more>

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a degenerative disorder of the eye which can cause substantial distorted sight – including double vision as well as streaking and sensitivity to light. more>

Photophobia (Light Sensitivity)

Light sensitivity, or Photophobia, is a symptom of excessive sensitivity to light and the aversion to sunlight or well-lit places. Light sensitivity is typically caused by to too much light entering the eye, which causes over stimulation of the photoreceptors in the retina and subsequent excessive electric impulses to the optic nerve – leading to discomfort or pain. more>

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, most commonly known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD or ARMD) because it mainly affects people over age 65, is the leading cause of blindness in the world. Macular degeneration as part of the body’s natural aging process. more>

Nearsightedness

Individuals with Nearsightedness (or Myopia) see near objects clearly but far away objects appear blurred. During Nearsightedness, the eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too steep, so images are focused in the vitreous inside the eye rather than on the retina at the back of the eye. more>

Ocular Hypertension

Ocular hypertension is an increase in the pressure in your eyes that is above the range considered normal with no detectable changes in vision or damage to the structure of your eyes (no notable signs or symptoms). The term “Ocular hypertension” is used to distinguish people with elevated pressure from those with glaucoma, a serious eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve and vision loss. more>

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is a health condition where the eye exhibits a progressively diminished ability to focus on near objects. Similar to grey hair and wrinkles, presbyopia is a symptom caused by the natural course of aging. more>

Ptosis (Dropping Eyelids)

Ptosis is an abnormally low position (drooping) of the upper eyelid.
The drooping may be worse after being awake longer, when the individual's muscles are tired. more>

Retinal Detachment

Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. Initial detachment may be localized, but without rapid treatment the entire retina may detach, leading to vision loss and blindness. It is a medical emergency. more>

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa is a rare, inherited disease in which the retina of the eye slowly and gradually degenerates. As Retinitis Pigmentosa progresses, night blindness generally precedes tunnel vision by years or even decades. more>

Spots and Floaters

Spots and floaters are particles of debris, cells, pigment, or tissue fiber that move and float around the eyes. They appear in various shapes and sizes, sometimes resembling threads or cobwebs. more>

Strabismus

Strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. It typically involves a lack of coordination between the extraocular muscles that prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space and preventing proper binocular vision, which may adversely affect depth perception. more>

Stye (or Sty)

A stye develops when a gland at the edge of the eyelid becomes infected. Resembling a pimple on the eyelid, a stye can grow on the inside or outside of the lid. more>

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