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Common Eye Problems

The eyes are vulnerable to viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. Learn about these and other treatable problems, including dry eye syndrome and computer vision.
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Sjogren's Sndrome
Sjogren’s syndrome is a condition that causes dry eyes.

Blue Light Exposure
Learn about the effects of blue light exposure on your eyes and vision.

Pseudotumor Cerebri
Learn about the symptoms, causes and diagnosis of pseudotumor cerebri.

Sleeping With Your Eyes Open
Learn about eyelid condition nocturnal lagophthalmos (sleeping with your eyes open).

What is nystagmus?
Learn about the eye condition nystagmus.

Eyelid Scrub
Learn how to perform an eyelid scrub.

Common Eye Problems
Learn about common eye problems including itchy eyes, blurry vision, tired eyes, floaters and age-related conditions.

A stye is a common eye problem. Learn about the causes and treatment of eye styes.

Red Eyes
If you have red eye, look out for the following warning symptoms that may be serious.

Eye Twitching
Eye twitching, or myokymia, is an involuntary eyelid muscle contraction. The exact cause of an eyelid twitch is not known. A twitch sometimes develops during times of increased stress.

Dry Eye Syndrome
Do your eyes often feel dry? Do your eyes frequently have a stinging sensation, or feel scratchy? You may have dry eye syndrome, a condition that can occur when the tear glands don't produce the correct quantity or quality of tears.

Spots and Floaters
Do you ever see spots in your vision? Do you ever see threadlike strands that resemble cobwebs? If so, you are probably noticing small particles in the fluid inside your eye. Eye doctors refer to these particles as spots and floaters.

Double Vision
Seeing double? The medical term for double vision is diplopia. Double vision occurs if the two eyes are misaligned and are aimed at two different targets.

Eye Allergies
Red, itchy, watery eyes plague many people suffering from irritating eye allergies.

Blepharitis is a common condition affecting the eyelids. It is a common problem in both children and adults.

Retinal Detachment
Retinal detachment is when the retina separates from the choroid. Retinal detachment is a true eye emergency and requires immediate treatment to avoid severe vision loss and potential blindness.

Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis
Learn all about vernal keratoconjunctivitis including symptoms, causes and treatment of the eyelid problem.

Learn about scleritis, a serious condition that affects the white portion of the eye.

Optic Neuritis
An overview of optic neuritis.

Learn how sarcoidosis may affect your eyes.

Proptosis is a forward displacement of the eye in the orbit, caused by swelling of the soft tissues or bones of the orbit.

Computer Vision Syndrome
If you spend a lot of time each day in front of a computer, you are likely to experience symptoms of computer vision syndrome (CVS). Computer vision syndrome is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms caused by prolonged computer use.

Ocular Herpes
Learn the definition of ocular herpes.

Learn the definition of hypotrichosis.

Eye Freckle
A choroidal nevus is simply a freckle inside the eye.

Strabismus is the term used to describe eyes that are not straight or properly aligned. It is a deviation of the eyes.

Face Blindness
Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is the inability to differentiate between faces.

Share Your Eye Stye Symptoms
If you've ever had a stye, what did it feel like? Share your stye symptoms with others.

How to Avoid a Stye
If you are prone to styes, the following tips may help you avoid them.

Top 10 Causes of Red Eye
Red, bloodshot eyes -- although usually painless -- are not exactly attractive. Redness occurs when blood vessels near the surface of the eye become enlarged and dilated. If you have red eye, it is important to find out why. Red eyes have several causes. Sometimes the cause of a red eye is of little concern, but it can also be a sign of a...

Red Eye Treatment
As the name suggests, red eyes are actually red-colored eyes. The blood vessels in the white portion of the eyes are enlarged and irritated, causing the redness. Treatment of red eyes depends on the cause. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your eye doctor before reaching for over-the-counter eye drops. Although these eye drops are safe and effective, a red eye can sometimes be a sign of a mo…

Stop an Eye Twitch
Learn ways to control eye twitching.

Living With Astigmatism
Learn a few ways to help minimize unwanted symptoms associated with astigmatism.

Share Your Experience With Dry Eyes During Pregnancy
Share your experiences with dry eyes during pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Dry Eyes
What can you do to relieve dry eyes during pregnancy?

Corneal Ulcer Causes
Learn about the causes of corneal ulcers.

Blepharitis Diagnosis
Learn about how eye doctors diagnose blepharitis.

Pink Eye Symptoms
Learn about the symptoms of pink eye, or conjunctivitis.

Computer Vision Symptoms
If you spend a significant amount of time on a computer each day, it's wise to watch out for these symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

Eye Allergy Treatments
If your eyes are sensitive to common allergens, the following eye allergy treatments should offer some relief. Even though oral antihistamines may be used for itchy eyes, these products can dry the eyes out, producing even more annoying symptoms. Following are eight ways to treat eye allergies without resorting to medicatio…

Latisse: An FDA-approved Treatment for Longer Eyelashes
Many people are asking their eye doctors for Latisse, an FDA approved drug to increase the quality and quantity of eyelashes.

Share Your Scleritis Experiences
Tell about your experience with scleritis.

Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)
Learn about epidemic keraconjunctivitis, a highly contagious viral eye infection.

Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea may increase your risk of developing serious eye conditions.

Punctal Occlusion for Dry Eyes
Punctal occlusion is a technique used frequently for treating dry eye.

Corneal Ulcers: An Overview
A corneal ulcer is an opening, sore or erosion in the cornea. If the cornea becomes inflamed due to infection or injury, an ulcer may develop. A corneal ulcer is a serious condition that must be treated promptly to avoid lasting vision problems.

Tips for the Keratoconus Patient
Precautions for the keratoconus patient.

Top 4 Reasons to Seek Emergency Care
Many eye conditions are minor and temporary. However, changes in vision should always be examined by a medical professional. These symptoms could signal an eye disease, an eye injury or a condition that may be affecting the entire body. The following four conditions require immediate attention from a doctor.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment
Posterior vitreous detachment, caused by changes in the eye's vitreous fluid, is a common is a common condition in people over age 65.

Top 7 Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye, or dry eye syndrome, is a common eye condition that causes discomfort due to lack of moisture in the eyes. Below are the top seven signs and symptoms of dry eye.

Red Eye - Avoiding Red Eye
Readers share experiences in avoiding triggers that cause red eye.

Eye Mucus Types
Goop, eye boogers, eye gunk...whatever you call it, eye mucus is a concern for many people. Eye mucus is usually found in the corners of your eyes and tends to accumulate during sleep. You may find it difficult to describe the gunk in your eyes to your eye doctor, but characterizing the consistency of your eye mucus is important. Below are several different types of eye mucus discharge and the c…

Eye Mucus - Describe Your Eye Mucus
Describe your experiences with eye mucus.

Vision and Headache
Learn about the different types of headache associated with your vision.

Cat Scratch Disease and Your Eyes
Learn about vision and eye complications of cat scratch disease.

Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus: Shingles of the Eye
Learn about how Herpes Zoster, or shingles, affects the eye.

Eye Herpes
Learn about eye herpes, or herpes simplex keratitis.

Trichiasis: Misdirected Eyelashes
Learn about trichiasis, or misdirected eyelashes.

Eye Irritation
Eye irritation is a common complaint. If your eyes are red and irritated, you may be wondering whether you should see your eye doctor. The truth is, eye irritation can occur for several reasons. If your eyes are red and irritated, one of the following conditions may be to blame. As always, it is best to seek the opinion of an eye care...

Eyelash Lice
Did you know that your eyelashes are vulnerable to lice infestation? Learn all about eyelash lice.

Eye Problems - Your Latest Eye Problem
Share your latest eye problem. Did your latest eye problem require medical attention?

Adies Pupil - What Is Adies Pupil
Adies Pupil - What Is Adies Pupil

Evaporative Dry Eye
Learn about one cause of dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).

Fuchs Dystrophy
Learn all about Fuchs' Dystrophy.

Artificial Tears
Learn about the many different kinds of artificial tears.

Eyelid Swelling - Top Causes of Eyelid Swelling
Eyelid Swelling - Top Causes of Eyelid Swelling

Tips for Eye Allergies
Learn a few tips for dealing with eye allergies.

Eye stroke
Learn all about eye stroke.

Macular Hole
Learn all about macular hole.

Learn all about episcleritis.

Eyelid Cancer
Learn about cancer of the eyelid.

Pigmentary Dispersion Syndrome
Learn all about pigmentary dispersion syndrome.

Neovascular Glaucoma
Learn about neovascular glaucoma.

Angioid Streaks
Learn all about angioid streaks, what they are and how to treat them.

Sickle Cell and Your Eyes
Learn how sickle cell disease may affect your eyes.

Learn all about tired, achy eyes, a condition also known as asthenopia.

Bleeding Eye
Learn all about subconjunctival hemorrhage.

Stickler Syndrome
Learn all about Stickler Syndrome.

Corneal Cross Linking
Learn about corneal cross linking.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
Learn about giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC).

Serious Eye Allergies
Learn about two types of eye allergies that can be sight-threatening.

Ocular Rosacea
Learn all about rosacea of the eye.

Gritty Sensation in Eyes
Wondering why your eyes often feel like they are full of sand? Here are four reasons why your eyes have an annoying gritty feeling.

Lupus and the Eyes
Learn the top five ways lupus can affect the eyes.

Recurrent Corneal Erosion
Learn all about recurrent corneal erosion.

Central Serous Retinopathy
Central serous retinopathy is a retinal condition.

Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy
Learn the causes and treatment of epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD).

Traumatic Iritis
Learn all about traumatic iritis.

Uncommon Dry Eye Treatments
Learn about treatments for dry eye syndrome.

Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy
Learn all about Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.

Four Immune System-Related Conditions That Can Show Eye Symptoms.

What Is Pseudoexfoliation (PXF) Glaucoma?

Eye Pain
Learn all about the possible causes of eye pain.

Floaters 101
Learn all about spots, floaters, cobwebs and rings that sometimes show up in your line of vision.

Digital Eye Strain
Digital eye strain is becoming more and more prominent, causing many of us to feel tired and experience bothersome eye symptoms.

Dark Circles and Bags
Learn why you have dark circles and bags underneath your eyes.

Eye Discharge
Learn about the causes of mucus eye discharge.

Your Eyes and Hepatitis B
Learn about the ways that Hepatitis B can affect your eyes.

Pain Behind the Eye
Learn the causes of pain behind the eye.

What Causes Bloodshot Eyes?
Learn about the causes of bloodshot eyes.

Your Eyes and Marfan Syndrome
Learn all about Marfan syndrome and the eye complications that may accompany it.

Pterygium: An interview with Dr. Kerry Assil
Learn all about pterygium as explained by Dr. Kerry Assil.

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