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Eye Conditions & Diseases: What You Need to Know About the Most Common Vision Issues

You and your family members can encounter any number of eye conditions and diseases through the course of a lifetime. Dry eye, pink eye, styes and floaters are among the most common that eye doctors treat.

A few other common disorders are more serious, including refractive errors, glaucoma and a detached retina.

It is unfortunate, but it is a fact: our eyes deteriorate naturally as we age. All the conditions we list here should prompt you to make an appointment with your eye doctor. Although solutions for them are sometimes routine, you will want to put a professional treatment plan in place.

How Long Does Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Last? | MyVision.org

Pink eye can last anywhere from a few days to multiple weeks, depending on its severity and cause.  Most often, conjunctivitis isn’t severe and will likely last from around two days to one week. However, some cases can be severe, and these cases can persist for weeks. In rare cases, pink eye could possibly cause […]

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Treatment Options | MyVision.org

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, often resolves on its own, but it may require treatments specific to the root cause of the pink eye in more serious cases.  For these more serious cases of pink eye, a doctor will need to diagnose what is causing the symptoms. A treatment that is effective in one case, such […]

Pterygium (Surfer’s Eye) Treatment Options | MyVision.org

Most often, pterygium is monitored by an eye doctor. It may be treated with artificial tears or over-the-counter medications. In some cases, medications may be prescribed. Lifestyle changes are recommended, such as wearing sunglasses with UV protection, avoiding dusty and windy environments, and quitting smoking. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. However, it’s a […]

Pterygium (Surfer’s Eye) Symptoms | Signs to Look Out For

Symptoms of pterygium include a fleshy, pink growth on the eye and dryness, itchiness, redness, or irritation in the eye. Pterygium (surfer’s eye) is a common eye condition that predominantly affects those living near the equator. This eye condition gets its nickname because it commonly affects surfers who are out in the sun and wind […]

Pterygium (Surfer’s Eye) Causes | Risk Factors to Understand

Pterygium is a growth on the eye. It is pink, fleshy tissue affecting the conjunctiva, which is the clear tissue that lines the eyelids, covering the eyeball.  While it is also known as surfer’s eye, this condition can affect any individual who spends a considerable amount of time outdoors and in sunny, windy, or dusty […]

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Symptoms | Signs to Look Out For

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, has a variety of symptoms, but it is often easily identified due to the swelling and discoloration it causes in the eye and surrounding eyelid.  While not usually serious, some cases of conjunctivitis can cause lasting harm if not properly treated. See a doctor if symptoms seem severe, worsen, or don’t […]


What Is Chemosis?

Chemosis is an eye condition that affects the conjunctiva (the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid) and the eye surface. It causes irritation and swelling. It may also be defined as an edema of the conjunctiva. It may look like a blister or jelly-like substance covering the sclera (the white of the eye). […]


Anisocoria: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Options

With anisocoria, one pupil is significantly larger or smaller than the other. This condition affects approximately 20 percent of the population.  In the majority of cases, anisocoria is not dangerous and does not signal any underlying eye or health issues. However, in some cases, anisocoria may indicate a more serious condition that requires medical intervention. […]


Papilledema (Swelling of the Optic Nerve): Is It Dangerous?

Swelling of the optic nerve or papilledema is dangerous. It occurs when a person suffers an injury or has an underlying condition that is life-threatening.  What Is Papilledema? To define papilledema, you first have to understand how it develops and affects the optic nerve. The optic nerve represents the second cranial nerve (CN II). This […]

chalazion vs stye

Chalazion vs. Stye: What Are the Differences Between the Two?

A chalazion and a stye are both lumps that appear on the eyelid. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the two since they often look similar.  Both a chalazion and style are eyelid inflammations. A chalazion often develops after a stye. The chalazion, also called a meibomian cyst, does not develop as […]

are styes contagious

Are Styes Contagious? Prevention & Treatment Options

Styes are usually not contagious.   Styes are red bumps (hordeolum) found near the edge of the eyelid. They often look like pimples and can be unsightly, painful, and annoying. They may develop due to oil gland blockages, stress, hormonal changes, and other causes. Good hygiene is the best prevention method against styes. They will normally […]

kaleidoscope vision

Kaleidoscope Vision: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment Options

Kaleidoscope vision is considered a temporary distortion of vision that results in blurry, brightly colored, and broken up images — similar to how things appear when looking through a kaleidoscope.  Kaleidoscope vision is most commonly caused by migraine headaches. When vision issues accompany migraines, they are known as ocular or retinal migraines. Experts believe kaleidoscope […]

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