EYE DISEASES


Using Resources to Enhance Vision, Hearing & Individual Growth

Develop a more complete understanding of the conditions and diseases that challenge us.

  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism causes blurred and distorted vision due to an irregularly shaped cornea. Astigmatism is commonly corrected with glasses, contact lenses or refractive eye surgery.
  • Blepharitis: Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids, particularly at the lid margins. Blepharitis is a common disorder and symptoms include; eye irritation, burning, tearing, crusty debris (in the lashes, in the corner of the eyes or on the lids) and red eyelid margins.
  • Cataracts: Cataracts cause cloudy vision, and are a common problem largely due to the ageing process. Surgery to remove cataracts is a routine outpatient procedure.
  • Dry eyes: Dry Eye Syndrome is one of the most common problems treated by eye surgeons and is usually caused by a reduced quality of the tear film that lubricates the eyes. Drops and special plugs can help restore the moisture your eyes need to stay healthy.
  • Farsightedness (Hyperopia): The eye focuses better on distance objects than on those that are close.
  • Glaucoma: Glaucoma causes chronic damage to the optic nerve and gradually diminishes the field of vision. Drops every day and surgery may be required to reduce pressure.
  • Lazy eye (Amblyopia): Amblyopia, more usually seen in young children, can result in a permanent deterioration in vision if it is not diagnosed and treated early on.
  • Macular degeneration: Macular Degeneration, a common cause of decreased vision in adults over 60, is the loss of pigment from pigment epithelium and the deposit of a yellow matter in sub-pigment epithelial layer in the central zone of the retina.
  • Nearsightedness (Myopia): Objects in the distance appear blurry.
  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection of the outer layer of the eye, the conjunctiva, which produces mucus to lubricate and protect the surface of the eye.
  • Presbyopia: Greek for elder eye, presbyopia happens to those in their 40’s and older. Presbyopia is not due to long sight or short sight but the eyes inability to focus close up when the eye muscles get older, after middle age.
  • Retinal detachment: Retinal detachment is the separation of the retina from the back wall of the eye. Tears and detachment commonly occur when there is traction on the retina by the vitreous gel inside the eye, as liquid from the vitreous may pass through the tear, and detach the retina.
  • Trachoma: An infectious eye disease caused by bacterium and can result in blindness or visual impairment.
  • Uveitis: This involves all inflamatory processes of the middle layers of the eye.