All Posts in Category: Eye Conditions

New Over-the-Counter Eye-Whitening Drop Hits Store Shelves

Written By: Celia Vimont Reviewed By: Laurie Gray Barber MD, Rebecca J Taylor MD Jul. 31, 2018 New over-the-counter eye whitening drops may have some advantages over older drops, such as Visine, but ophthalmologists caution that any whitening drops can mask symptoms of serious disease. Lumify was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2017, and started […]

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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome affects millions of Americans.  Whether mild, moderate, or severe, dry eye syndrome can be disabling.  Feelings of “heavy” eyes, difficulty keeping the eyes open, and watery eyes are all common symptoms.  The eyes actually water more when they are dry due to lack of normal oils in the tear film.  Burning, stinging […]

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Blepharitis

Blepharitis means inflammation of the eyelids. Some doctors call it granulated eyelids. Almost everyone gets blepharitis at some time in his or her life. Some people get it repeatedly. Fortunately, blepharitis is relatively easy to treat. Types of blepharitis: Staphylococcus blepharitis is caused by a germ called Staphylococci, commonly known as “staph.” It often begins […]

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Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a disease of the macula, an area of the retina at the back of the eye that is responsible for fine detail vision. Vision loss usually occurs gradually and typically affects both eyes at different rates. Even with a loss of central vision, however, color vision and peripheral vision may remain clear. […]

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye condition that develops when too much fluid pressure builds up inside of the eye. It tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life. The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve […]

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Cataract Surgery

Thankfully, most of us will live into our “golden years”.  With time, however, age-related cataract development is inevitable.  In fact, every person over the age 40 will eventually develop cataracts, a clouding of the natural eye as we age, causing blurred vision and difficulty with daily activities. •    Cloudy or blurry vision. •    Colors seem […]

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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common and frustrating ocular conditions. Dry eye syndrome is a common ocular condition affecting about 10% of those over age 65. The International Dry Eye Workshop has defined dry eye syndrome as a multifactorial disease of tears and the ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual […]

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FLASHES AND FLOATERS

Flashes and floaters are the most common emergency complaints the patient presenting to an ophthalmologist. Symptoms occur in approximately 50% of patients over fifty years of age and increase in frequency with age. These symptoms are worrisome since they may be a manifestation of a retinal tear or detachment which visual threatening events. As such, […]

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