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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...Read more


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What is the cause of eye floaters?

What is the cause of eye floaters?

Aging, mostly: Most of the time floaters appear as a natural consequence of getting older, like seeing the first wrinkle in your forehead. If, however you see floaters that weren't there before, or if you have flashes of light in the periphery of your vision, it's best to get checked out asap by an eye md (ophthalmologist) to rule out retinal tears, which can lead to (vision-threatening) retinal detachments. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of eye floaters?

What is the main cause of eye floaters?

Floaters cause: Floaters arise when the vitreous gel inside the eye liquefies naturally with age and sometimes earlier in life due to trauma, inflammation, or even high myopia. The floaters may consist of protein precipitates. Though the vitreous gel inside the eye is clear, it is composed of a complex matrix of collagen proteins that undergo changes. New floaters should be examined under dilation. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pink eye and how common is it?

What are the causes of pink eye and how common is it?

Pink eye is common.: Pink eye symptoms can effect one or both eyes. They many include redness &/or itchiness, increased tearing, discharge & gritty sensation. ...Read more

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What is the cause of yellowed eyes?

What is the cause of yellowed eyes?

Seek out a doctor!: The yellowing of the eyes, or jaundice, is usually caused by a serious medical problem of the liver. Please see a medical doctor today. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my blurry eye vision?

What is the cause of my blurry eye vision?

Many things: Many things can cause blurry vision including improper glasses prescription, dry eyes, infections, inflammation, cataract, macular degeneration. The best way to determine cause is to have a thorough dilated eye exam. ...Read more

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What can cause redness on the sclera of the eye?

The list is long: Redness of the sclera or the covering conjunctiva is due to dilated blood vessels on either surface. The possible reasons for this phenomenon are dry eye, infection of the eye, inflammation inside of the eye, irritation to the surface of the eye, blood, chronic dilation of the blood vessels from poor sleep or chronic use of visine. You will need to see your eye doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is the cause of greenish mucus in the eye?

What is the cause of greenish mucus in the eye?

Conjunctivitis: Green discharge from the eye usually indicates a conjunctivitis, or eye infection. See your family doctor or ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis and provide a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What is the exact cause of eye blinking?

What is the exact cause of eye blinking?

Reflex: There is an internal rhythm which signals blinking spontaneously. It is modified by the osmolarity of the tears and the exposure of the receptors on the cornea so that there is stimulus to blink more often if these are activated. The blink spreads the tears over the living tissue on the front of the eye to keep it healthy and optically clear. ...Read more

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Does pink eye cause pain in the back of the eye?

Does pink eye cause pain in the back of the eye?

Not usually: Pink eye pain is usually more surface irritation. There could be a sinus pain associated with pink eye or it could be something more serious that needs evaluating. ...Read more

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What is the cause of red eyes and swollen eyelids?

What is the cause of red eyes and swollen eyelids?

Many causes: Dry eye and allergy ANS blepharitis are the most common benign causes. You should be examined by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What is the cause of bright shining light at the corner of my eye?

What is the cause of bright shining light at the corner of my eye?

Flashes?: Are you seeing flashes in your eye? If so you may have a retinal detachment or tear. This is an emergency and needs to be seen immediately. Here is more info to help. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/retinal-detachment/basics/symptoms/con-20022595 ...Read more

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What is the cause of headache on the front between eyes?

What is the cause of headache on the front between eyes?

Many causes: There is a pair of sinuses between your eyes that may be blocked, causing pressure and pain, especially if you have had a cold or allergies. Headaches have many causes, most of which are not serious. However if it lasts unusually long, or is very different than headaches you normally have you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is the cause of black under eye of allergic rhinitis and itching of the eye ?

Allergic Shiners: These are known as "allergic shiners" and are due to nasal and sinus congestion within the mucosal tissue that causes a back up of the blood flow out of the sinus, leading to the classic black eye. Decreasing nasal congestion is the best way to treat. ...Read more

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What is the cause of red lines in whites of eye?

What is the cause of red lines in whites of eye?

Red eyes: Those are conjunctival and episcleral blood vessels that you are seeing. These vessels are normal but can become inflamed from dry eye, allergies, or other conditions. If you have pain or vision changes seek expert opinion. ...Read more

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What is the cause of blisters on the waterline of the eye?

What is the cause of blisters on the waterline of the eye?

Viral: If it looks like a clear blister, you may have a viral infection if it is tender, or contact allergy if it itches. ...Read more

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What are some of the pink eye symptoms?

What are some of the pink eye symptoms?

Irritation: Burning, itching, redness, tearing, discharge and blurred vision can all be signs of pink eye or acute conjunctivitis. The severity and mix of symptoms depends on the cause (viral/bacterial/allergic, etc.). ...Read more

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What is the cause of headaches behind the eye?

Many possible: Multiple causes are possible. Most common would be sinus disease, migraine, or eyestrain from overuse of the eyes for prolonged reading or computer use. Thyroid disease, growths behind the eyes, are much less likely causes. If the pains persist, you should see an ophthalmologist, and if the eye exam is normal, your regular doctor may refer to ENT or neurology. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more