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What is iritis?

What is iritis?

Iritis: Iritis is the inflammation of the iris ("color part of the eye"). It can be either infectious or non-infectious (and be be associated with certain systemic diseases). ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Cotter
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Iritis (Definition)

An inflammatory reaction inside the eye, especially in the fluid near the front of the ...Read more


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What is uveitis?

What is uveitis?

Uveitis: Uveitis is a usually sterile inflammation inside the eye, sort of like arthritis of the inside of the eye. Inflammatory cells are released, the eyes can get very red and light sensitive and frequently can be very painful. Some are associated with systemic diseases, but most are in the eye only. They can be very serious and cause significant visual loss and glaucoma. Always see an ophthalmologis. ...Read more

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What is episcleritis?

Inflammation...: ..Of the episclera (lining of the white of the eye). Most often bening. Rarely can be manifestation of automiummune diseases. ...Read more

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What is iritis or episcleritis?

What is iritis or episcleritis?

2 different problems: Iritis is an inflammation of the iris inside the eye. It will cause light sensitivity and eye pain. Episcleritis is inflammation of the episclera, the thin layer of tissue and vessels just below the surface of the white part of the eye. It causes a blood shot eye, usually in one quadrant. ...Read more

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What is endophthalmitis?

What is endophthalmitis?

Inflammation: Endophthalmitis is an inflammatory reaction of the inner layers of the eye. It can occur after surgery or severe trauma. Most of the time it is caused by an infection. The symptoms are severe pain and decreased vision. Pain in the eye after surgery or injury requires immediate attention from your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is iridocyclitis?

What is iridocyclitis?

Eye inflammation: Iridocyclitis is an inflammation of the inner tissues of the eye (uvea) which causes intense pain, photophobia, red eye, blurred vision, and possibly headache. It may be related to underlying systemic conditions like collagen vascular diseases, but may also be sporadic. The cyclitis part involves inflammation of the ciliary body which usually lowers eye pressure. Evaluation & treatment mandatory! ...Read more

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What is keratitis?

What is keratitis?

Corneal breakdown: Keratitis is the general term for anything which causes the surface of the cornea (the window in front of the eye) to breakdown. The causes are many and include dryness, infection and congenital defects of the cornea. Keratitis is usually painful, causes eye redness, and disturbs the vision. See your ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is conjunctivitis?

What is conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, a thin membrane that coats and protects the surface of the eye. Common causes of conjunctivitis in adults are certain viruses and allergies. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma?

What is glaucoma?

Impaired eye fluid: Glaucoma is a condition in the inside of the eye, in which the fluid (aqueous humor) cannot get out at a low enough pressure to prevent the pressure from causing loss of the nerves and blood vessels at the back of the eye which causes vision to be lost. Measured will be eye pressure, corneal thickness, visual field, and disc structure. These are all part of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma?

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a family of conditions that cause withering of the optic nerve and corresponding defects in the visual field. It may or may not be associated with increased eye pressure. ...Read more

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What is glaucoma?

What is glaucoma?

Eye pressure problem: Glaucoma is an eye disorder that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which is the main nerve attached to the back of the eyeball. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the eyeball and increases the pressure inside the eye, thus damaging the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a cause of blindness for people over age 60. Blindness from glaucoma usually can be prevented with medical care. ...Read more

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What is conjunctiva?

What is conjunctiva?

Conjunctiva: Conjunctiva is the pinkish moist skin covering the surface of the eye and the underside of the eyelids. ...Read more

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What is photoptarmosis?

What is photoptarmosis?

Great question!: Where did you hear this word? I am glad you asked, because I had not heard of this term before although the phenomenon is pretty common. It is a syndrome of sneezing caused by unusual stimuli, like looking at bright lights like the sun, in fact, it is also caused "sun sneezing." See more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photic_sneeze_reflex ...Read more

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What is travatan?

What is travatan?

Glaucoma drop: Travatan is travaprost and is a prostaglandin analogue that is used to treat glaucoma by lowering eye pressure. ...Read more

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What exactly is acute glaucoma?

What exactly is acute glaucoma?

Fluid block in eye: The eye has an internal clear fluid circulation 24/7. This is called the aqueous humor. The iris in certain shaped eyes (usually farsighted) can obstruct the outflow and within 1/2 hour the pressure can skyrocket to dangerous levels. This is an emergency, can be stopped with certain drugs and prevented with laser. See your ophthalmologist immediately if you suspect this condition. ...Read more

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What is retinopathy?

What is retinopathy?

See below: Retinopathy is a disease of the retina (pathology of the retina), there are many many causes, and thus treatments and prognosis depends on the type of retinopathy you are talking about. ...Read more

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What is photophobia?

What is photophobia?

Light sensitivity: Photophobia is the technical term for light sensitivity above the normal response to a change in light intensity. People with this experience discomfort even with low light intensity that would bother no one else. There are a number of causes including breakdown of the surface (cornea) of the eye and retinal inflammations. See your ophthalmologist if you have this symptom. ...Read more

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What is darcryocystitis?

Dacryocystitis: Dacryocystitis is an infection in the tear sac just under the bone next to the inside corner of your eyelids. It's often caused by a blockage of the tear drainage system. If present, this needs to be treated promptly with oral antibiotics. Patients who have this infection caused by a blockage often need a surgical procedure to open the blocked tear system. ...Read more

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What is acute blepharitis?

What is acute blepharitis?

Inflammation: It is an inflammation that affects the eyelids. Blepharitis usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow. Blepharitis commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes malfunction. This leads to inflamed, irritated and itchy eyelids. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis. ...Read more