Your eyelids have the important job of keeping your eyes protected and lubricated. However, eyelids are fairly thin-skinned and are full of nerves and blood vessels, so the slightest irritation can cause extreme itching. If your eyes become infected or inflamed, your eyelids will itch even more. So how do you determine if your itchy eyelid is due to an eye infection, allergies, or something else?
Many eye diseases have no early warning signs or symptoms, but a comprehensive eye exam can detect eye diseases in their early stages, before vision loss occurs. Early detection and treatment of any eye disease is the key to preventing vision loss, and ophthalmologists are trained to evaluate your eyes to degrees that go well beyond whether or not you need glasses. (more…)
You’ve heard it said that the eyes are the window to your soul, but it also turns out they can be telling us a lot about our physical health. So, take some time to gaze lovingly into your own eyes in the mirror this Valentine’s day, and see if they’re trying to tell you something about your health.
As if cold and flu season isn’t tough enough, add to it the reality that pink eye is often rampant this time of year. The telltale signs of redness and a gritty-like-sand feeling in the eye can certainly feel like a low blow when you’re already laying low with a cold or the flu.
Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection that causes inflammation of the thin membrane that coats the whites of your eyes (the conjunctiva) and the inside lining of the eyelids. Pink eye can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or, less frequently, allergens. The same viruses that cause colds and the flu—such as adenovirus, enterovirus, and influenza virus—can also cause pink eye. (more…)
Every month or so, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) publishes an incredible patient success story that makes us proud to be apart of such a strong community of doctors dedicated to saving vision and improving lives. As a salute to all of the brave patients and their families who’ve overcome more than what anyone could imagine, here is a recap of their journeys and where they are in 2017.
If you’re experiencing frequent eye irritation or unusual vision changes, do you make an appointment with your optician, optometrist, or your ophthalmologist? What if you need to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, update your current lens prescription, or adjust the nose pads on your glasses? Would you call the same office?
Your eyelids protect your eyes from debris, bright light, and foreign objects that could irritate or damage your eye. When you blink, your eyelids spread tears over the surface of your eyes to keep them hydrated and healthy.
Your eyelids are essentially a thin piece of skin full of nerves and blood vessels, so the slightest irritation can cause extreme itching. When your eyes are inflamed or infected, your eyelids will itch even more.
Your eyes are two of the most complex organs in your body and keeping them healthy is essential to living a strong and happy life. Like any other organ, your eyes can be invaded by a host of unwanted guests — bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses — which your body is equipped to protecting itself against. Most of the time, your body is quite successful, however there may be occasions when your immune system is compromised or just simply overwhelmed, and an eye infection can occur.