COMMON EYE PROBLEMS

Diagram of the Human Eye Presbyopia. This is the loss of the ability to clearly see close objects or small print.. This is a normal process that starts to occur after age 40 and can be corrected with reading glasses.

Floaters. These are tiny spots or specks that float across the field of vision. Usually normal but should be brought to the attention of your ophthalmologist.

Dry eyes. This happens when there is not enough moisture in the eyes.This can cause burning itching and inability to wear corrective contact lenses. Consult your ophthalmologist.

Tearing. Having too many tears (watery eyes) can come from being sensitive to light, wind, or temperature changes. Your ophthalmologist can prescribe medications to treat this.

Cataracts. Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop within the eye lens causing. When a cataract is present, the light cannot get through the lens as easily and, as a result, vision can be impaired. Consult your ophthalmologist anytime that you feel your vision has changed.

Glaucoma. This condition develops when there is too much fluid pressure inside the eye. Your ophthalmologist can prescribe medications that will lower the pressure. Left untreated, glaucoma could cause blindness.

Conjunctivitis. This is a condition in which the tissue that lines the eyelids and covers the cornea becomes inflamed. It is sometimes called “pink eye.” This is very contagious and should be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your ophthalmologist.

Corneal diseases. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped “window” at the front of the eye. It helps to focus light that enters the eye. Consult with your ophthalmologist if you notice blurred vision or any other change in your vision.

Eyelid problems. The eyelids protect the eye, distribute tears, and limit the amount of light entering the eye. Pain, itching, tearing, and sensitivity to light are common symptoms of eyelid problems.. Consult your ophthalmologist for treatment.

Temporal arteritis. This condition is an inflammation of the arteries in the temple area of the forehead. It can begin with a severe headache, pain when chewing, and tenderness or swelling in the temple area. See your ophthalmologist right away.

Please note: The information on this page is not intended as a diagnosis of your problem, but rather as a helpful guide. Please schedule an appointment online or call 623-474-3937.