Eye Care

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye. This is an area that is normally clear. Cataracts can cause cloudy or blurry vision.

Detailed information on correcting or improving vision problems

Detailed information on cosmetic safety for contact lens wearers

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It's caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the light sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye. In some people, retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In others, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These changes may result in vision loss or blindness.

Detailed information on the most common eye disorders, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, refractive errors, and retinitis pigmentosa

One common eye disorder is conjunctivitis, sometimes called pink eye. It's an inflammation of the blood vessels in the eye membrane. Another common disorder is a chalazion—a small bump that develops on the upper or lower eyelid.

An overview of different eye care specialists and what they do, from ophthalmlogists and optometrists to opticians and ocularists.

During an eye exam, an eye healthcare provider looks at your health history and gives you a series of eye tests. The tests are done to check the health of your eyes.

Detailed information on first aid for eyes and eye safety.

Eyeglasses are the most common form of eyewear used to correct or improve many types of vision problems. Contact lenses are worn directly on the cornea of the eye.

Glaucoma is a health problem where the fluid inside the eyes slowly builds up and doesn’t drain correctly. This causes an increase in eye pressure that can ultimately damage the optic nerve. Here's what you need to know.

The structures of the eye include the cornea, iris, pupil, macula, retina, and the optic nerve.

Detailed information on eye care, including anatomy of the eye, eye care specialists, eye examinations, correcting or improving vision, low vision, eye disorders, and eye safety

Low-vision devices are categorized as either optical or nonoptical. Optical devices are magnifying lenses or closed circuit TV. Nonoptical devices are large-print books and talking computers.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that affects a person’s central vision. It's the most common cause of severe eyesight loss among people age 50 and older.

Retinitis pigmentosa is the name of a group of eye diseases that are passed down in families. All of them affect the retina. All of the diseases cause a slow but sure decline in eyesight.

Detailed information on eye safety and tips to avoid eye injury

Eye injuries affect about 2.5 million people every year. Here are tips for preventing injury to your eyes.

Detailed information on eye care, including anatomy of the eye, eye care specialists, eye examinations, correcting or improving vision, low vision, eye disorders, and eye safety

A look at surgical procedures to help correct refractive errors. The goal of these procedures is to reduce or even end your need for glasses or contact lenses.

If you spend hours each day working at a computer screen or other devices with screens, you may suffer from symptoms of eye strain. Eye strain is a common problem, but you can take steps to reduce your discomfort.

Astigmatism is one type of refractive error. It's a condition in which an abnormal curvature of the cornea can cause two focal points to fall in two different locations—making objects up close and at a distance appear blurry.

When one of the vessels that carry blood to your eye's retina gets blocked, it can cause you to lose your eyesight. This problem often happens suddenly and without any pain. This is called a central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO).

Optic neuritis is a condition that affects the eye and your vision. It occurs when the optic nerve is inflamed.

Melanoma is a serious kind of skin cancer. This cancer involves cells called melanocytes. You also have melanocytes in your eyes. When these cells become cancerous, the condition is called intraocular melanoma.

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