Patient Education

A growing library of easy-to-read informational pages about a host of common eye problems.


What is Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye?

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
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Conjunctivitis is commonly known as Pink Eye and it is a very common condition. The eye contains a very thin, film-like membrane which covers the white part of the eye as well as the inside of the eyelid. This membrane is called the conjunctiva and when it becomes inflamed or swollen it is diagnosed as conjunctivitis.

The Difference Between Chalazion & Stye

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What are Styes and Chalazia?

Both styes and chalazia are visible bumps that appear near the edge of an eyelid. Many people get these two confused since they both can appear as a bump near the edge of the eyelid. It can actually be difficult to tell the two apart.

Understanding & Treating Blepharitis

Blepharitis
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Blepharitis is a chronic condition which affects the eyelids. It is a waxing and waning condition where there is an imbalance of the normal elements of the surface of the eye and eyelid margins. Often, due to external influences (such as the environment, etc.) and internal influences (such as hormonal factors), this imbalance can cause irritation, stinging, burning, redness or itchiness of the eyes. The severity can range from mild to severe.

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
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When the eye fails to develop sight normally during early childhood it is called amblyopia. The common term that most are familiar with is “lazy eye.” In most cases, only one of the eyes is affected by amblyopia. It is rare, but possible for both of an individual’s eyes to be affected. When both eyes are affected we use the term, “bilateral amblyopia.” Considering 2 or 3 out of 100 have amblyopia, it is a relatively common condition.

Medically Necessary Contact Lenses

Having trouble seeing a future past your vision problems?

KeratoconusFor some patients, their vision cannot be corrected with glasses. Most contact lens wearers think their contact lenses feel “visually” or “medically” necessary. However, “medically necessary contact lenses” are prescribed to provide vision that is better than glasses or soft contact lenses. To put things in perspective, some patients cannot see anything on the letter chart even with glasses or soft contact lenses. These patients usually face two options: undergo invasive surgery such as corneal transplantation or find the best available custom contact lens correction.