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.
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.
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For 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.
Eye Associates Northwest takes great pride in providing quality eye care to our Pacific Northwest community. In order to serve our patients better we have four different locations in the Seattle Pacific Northwest area where the community can visit and receive exceptional eye care from our dedicated team of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians as well as find the perfect fit for eye glasses or contact lenses.
A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that can help improve the functional and aesthetics of the eyelids. A blepharoplasty is performed for many reasons,
which can include:
- Ptosis, or droopy upper lids with saggy skin that can impair or block vision (can be congenital from birth, or age-related)
- Difficulty reading due to lids that close while looking down
- Excess fatty deposits in the upper and lower lids (can appear to be puffy)
- Wrinkles or excess skin of upper or lower lids
- Bags under the eyes
- Saggy lower lids