When your eyes hurt

This patient presented with blurry vision, eye pain, and burning OU which is caused by dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), and keratitis sicca.  This is a multifactorial disease of the tears and the ocular surface that results in discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocularContinue reading “When your eyes hurt”

Symptoms of dry eye

Symptoms of dry eye include: Pain Light sensitivity A gritty sensation A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye Itching Redness Blurring of vision A short course of steroids, Restasis, nutritional therapy, and ointments, can be very helpful in treating dry eye.

A growth on the eye

Many times, a pterygium does not cause symptoms.  However, an inflamed or enlarged  pterygium may cause redness and inflammation. A pterygium can grow onto the cornea (the clear, outer layer of the eye). This can distort the shape of the cornea, causing a condition called astigmatism. Symptoms of pterygium may include: Burning Gritty feeling ItchingContinue reading “A growth on the eye”

When your eyes are very dry…

Severe dry eye can cause blurriness in vision, and eventually lead to corneal scarring and ulceration. Treatments for dry eye include: Artificial tears:  These can be used to supplement natural tear production. Preservative-free artificial tear solutions are recommended because they contain fewer additives, which can further irritate the eyes. Increasing tear production.  Restasis can helpContinue reading “When your eyes are very dry…”

When chemicals touch your eye…

Toxic keratoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva) can occur when your eye is exposed to a foreign substance or chemical.  The response is typically an immune reaction associated with Type IV hypersensitivity.   Symptoms include pain, itching, swelling and irritation, with follicles presenting in the palpebral conjunctiva.   Copious irrigation and flushing of the eye isContinue reading “When chemicals touch your eye…”

Severe Dry Eye

Chronic dry eye can be caused by inflammation which affects your eyes’ ability to produce tears.   Dry eyes cause discomfort, burning, stinging, eye fatigue, sensitivity to light, eye redness, a sensation of something in your eye, and tearing.    Only a thorough physical examination can determine the severity of your dry eye, with appropriate treatment.    IfContinue reading “Severe Dry Eye”