Cataracts are a common feature of ageing, occurring in many people in their later years. Cataract surgery takes less than an hour and restores vision successfully in most people.
Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the inside of the eyelids and the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis can be caused by an infection, an irritant or an allergy.
Corneal dystrophies are rare eye disorders that result in clouding of the cornea, the transparent outer layer of the eye. There are many different types and are defined by the layer of the cornea that is affected.
Diabetic eye disease develops in people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes as a result of damage to the structures of the eye that result from high levels of glucose in the blood.
Dry eye syndrome, also called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, is a common condition that develops when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or when tears that are produced dry up too quickly. Dry eye syndrome causes discomfort and can result in the eye becoming inflamed.
Eye melanoma, also called ocular melanoma, is a rare type of eye cancer that arises in melanocytes. These pigmented cells occur in several different tissues in the eye. An eye melanoma can develop from an obvious benign mole in the eye or from tissue that does not appear obviously pigmented.
Eye rosacea is a subtype of rosacea, a common chronic skin condition. Eye rosacea, although often mild, should be treated promptly to prevent rare complications that can cause loss of vision.
Eye strain occurs when your eyes become tired from activities such as driving or reading for extended periods of time. By far the most common cause of eye strain today, however, is from computer use.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that can damage peripheral vision; it develops when the pressure inside the eyeball becomes higher than it should.
Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea, the transparent dome at the front of the eye. It can be the result of infection or injury followed by infection.
Ocular histoplasmosis is a rare complication of a common fungal infection. In its most severe form, it leads to abnormal blood vessel growth that damages the retina, causing vision loss.
Eyesight problems are common and often do not occur because of eye disease. People can have healthy eyes, but still be short-sighted, long-sighted, or have astigmatism.
Uveitis is a serious and widespread inflammation of the eye; it can be due to an infection or it can be non-infectious. Uveitis can develop, for example, in people who have inflammatory conditions elsewhere in the body such as some types of rheumatoid arthritis. People who have AIDS are also more prone to severe eye inflammation.
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