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Eye Health Information

We know how important your eyes are to you. You may have heard already that your eyes channel more than 80% of information from the environment. It is your duty to take good care of your vision. Here’s some information on common conditions, their causes and symptoms:

Presbyopia


Presbyopia is a universal condition associated with the aging eye’s diminishing ability to focus on close objects. It is neither a disease nor a defect. People usually discover this trouble during their mid-forties, and can correct it with lenses adapted to their various needs. Although presbyopia is a natural condition that everyone has to face sooner or later, proper diagnosis, eye care, safety precautions and monitoring of the condition can give our eyes a new lease on life!

Uveitis


The uvea is the middle layer (tunic) of the eye. It includes the iris, ciliary body, and the blood vessels that serve the retina. Any infection or inflammation of the uveal tunic is called uveitis. The common forms of uveitis are discussed, with emphasis on uveitis as a condition affecting young people more commonly than other eye diseases. Most people with uveitis have pain, so they see a doctor. Physicians look for the other uveitis symptoms as part of any proper eye exam, and with vigilance in high-risk groups. Researchers focused on the underlying conditions that cause uveitis strive to overcome this threat to healthy vision.

Macular Degeneration


A degenerative disease that affects the central spot (macula) of the retina, which is responsible for central vision. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in people over 60. There are two types: wet and dry. Some people with wet macular degeneration may be helped by laser surgery. The cause of this disease is unknown, but scientists are studying whether vitamin and mineral supplements can prevent or slow its development.

Chalazion


Medical names: meibomian gland lipogranuloma, meibomian cyst, tarsal cyst Other name: eyelid cyst Plural form: chalazia A chalazion is a bump caused by a blocked oil gland duct in the upper or lower eyelid. A combination of home treatments can resolve a chalazion. Homeopathic and surgical interventions may also be useful.

Styes


Medical names: external hordeolum, internal hordeolum, meibomian stye Other names: eyelash stye, eyelid stye Styes are infections of the glands around the eyelashes and under the upper and lower eyelids that may be associated with stress or eye conditions. Eyelash styes are less painful and clear up with less effort than those found within the eyelid. Eyelid styes and other stubborn styes usually require treatment by a doctor. Good hygiene and eyecare is key in healing any stye.