Myopia is a common condition, also known as nearsightedness, that causes poor distance vision which affects approximately 1/3 of the US population. Unfortunately, high amounts of myopia are associated with an increase in risk of sight threatening problems such as glaucoma, retinal detachments, and cataracts. Treatments such as Ortho K or soft multifocal contacts to slow the progression of myopia can be beneficial to millions of children.
Also called allergic conjunctivitis. Common symptoms include redness, itching, lid swelling, tearing, "gritiness", and light sensitivity.
Dry eye syndrome is a very common condition that is characterized by a disturbance of the tear film. This can be caused by age, hormonal changes, various autoimmune diseases, medications, or even computer work.
Styes are caused by a bacterial infection. Usually the bacteria grow in the root (follicle) of an eyelash. An internal hordeolum is caused by infection in one of the tiny oil glands inside the eyelid.
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear and transparent lens of the eye which is behind the pupil. Symptoms of cataracts can range from a barely noticeable loss of vision to virtual blindness.
Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve becomes damage over time. It is often associated with a build up of pressure in the eye, called intraocular pressure and can cause blindness.
Commonly called a "lazy eye". Amblyopia is a decrease in a child's vision that develops when nerve pathways between the eye and the brain are not properly stimulated. Most cases can be treated successfully if diagnosed early enough.
Astigmatism is a common eye condition that is corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. It is caused by an eye that is not completely round.
A very common condition of inflammation that affects the eyelids. The lids become swollen, red, itchy and has dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes. This occurs when the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes malfunction.