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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What is age-related macular degeneration? Age-related macular degeneration is a disease that causes blurring of your central vision. The blurring happens because of damage to the macula, a small area at the back of the eye . The macula helps you see the fine detail in things that your eyes are focusing on. Macular…

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Taking Vitamins

There are many studies being done to look at whether certain vitamin and mineral supplements and combinations of supplements may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or delay vision loss in people who already have it. For example, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and AREDS2 were two major…

Amblyopia

What is amblyopia? Amblyopia is a childhood problem that happens when one eye is weaker than the other. The brain chooses to take in images from the stronger eye and ignore images from the weaker eye. This means that your child uses the strong eye more than the weak eye. If the weak eye doesn’t have to work, it isn’t…

Bifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal contact lenses have been developed for people who have both nearsightedness and presbyopia. Bifocal lenses provide correction for both near and distance vision on each lens. A number of designs are available in hard and soft lenses. There are two main types of bifocal contact lenses: Segmented (also called…

Blepharitis

What is blepharitis? Blepharitis (say “bleh-fuh-RY-tus”) is a skin problem that affects the eyelids and lashes. It may be caused by bacteria or by other skin conditions such as dandruff, skin allergies, or eczema. If you have blepharitis, you’re also more likely to get styes. What are the symptoms? If you have…

Blocked Tear Ducts

What is a blocked tear duct? Tears normally drain from the eye through small tubes called tear ducts , which stretch from the eye into the nose. If a tear duct becomes blocked or fails to open, tears cannot drain from the eye properly. The duct may fill with fluid and become swollen, inflamed, and sometimes infected…

Burns to the Eye

Most substances you get in your eyes that make your eyes burn will not cause serious eye problems. The only treatment needed for items such as soaps, shampoos, and perfumes that get in the eyes is to immediately flush the eyes with water. After flushing, the eyes may be slightly painful and irritated, but these symptoms…

Cataract Surgery

A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the lens of the eye. The lens is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Cataract surgery separates the cataract from the lens capsule. In most cases, the lens will be replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). If an IOL cannot be used, contact lenses or eyeglasses…

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