Eye Health & Disease

Allergies

Eye allergies are no different than allergies that affect your sinuses, nose or lungs. When an allergen comes in contact with your eyes, your body releases histamine - a chemical produced in reaction to a substance that the immune system can't tolerate. Special cells called mast cells make histamine. These cells are present throughout the…
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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. Redness, swelling, styes, cysts, and flaky crusts at the eyelid margin characterize it. Symptoms include scratchy, swollen, tender, and irritated eyes. Blepharitis can be caused by various bacteria and be chronic or acute in presentation. People with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and eczema are more prone…
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Cataracts

A cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural, clear lens that typically occurs with aging. In the United States, about 50% of those between the ages 65 and 74, and 70% of those over age 75, have a cataract. Women are usually affected more frequently than men. There are three types of cataracts: nuclear,…
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Conjunctivitis

There are three types of conjunctivitis: allergic, bacterial and viral. Conjunctivitis is commonly referred to as "pink eye" since the eye is usually red and swollen. One of the most common symptoms is discomfort or pain, which may feel like having sand in the eye. Many children have redness of the eye and inner eyelid…
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