Allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, is a common condition that affect millions of Americans, causing redness, tearing and many other symptoms that can impair a patient's vision and affect their overall quality of life. These symptoms are typically caused by triggers in the air; such as pollen, mold, dust or pet dander; or by certain foods or medications, which can result in a different type of allergy.
Regular eye examinations are important in maintaining eye health. During a comprehensive eye examination, eye diseases or other abnormalities that are not yet causing symptoms can be detected. Early intervention is crucial in preventing vision loss from a disease such as glaucoma, which may not cause symptoms until significant and irreversible damage has taken place. Early detection of eye problems gives a patient a choice of treatment options, and reduces the risk of permanent damage.
Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a series of eye and vision related problems that occur in some people who spend long periods of time in front of a computer monitor.
Conjunctivitis, commonly referred to as pink eye, is an infection or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the membrane that lines the eyelid and covers the white part of the eyeball. The inflammation affects the blood vessels in the eye and gives the eye a pink or red appearance. Pink eye can be caused by either a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, a foreign object in the eye or a blocked tear duct. Pink eye can be contagious, so proper diagnosis and prompt treatment are important.
Low vision is a term used to describe any problem with the eyesight that results in vision that cannot be improved beyond 20/30, peripheral vision of less than 20 degrees or patches of vision loss across the visual field. It can affect nearly all of our everyday activities. The most common causes of vision loss are macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes and cataracts, and 14 million Americans have some form of visual impairment.
Clear vision and healthy eyes are important not only to a child's overall health and well-being, but also directly linked to academic performance in school. While vision screenings given at a child's school each year may identify children who are at risk for problems with their vision, vision screenings do not test the overall health of the child's eyes. A professional eye examination, performed by a certified ophthalmologist, tests vision while also evaluating the child's eyes for more serious conditions and diseases.