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Itchy Eyelids

There are many causes for itchy eyelids including genetic disorders (less common), acute short term diseases, and chronic diseases. The eyelids can be red, swollen, swollen eye, itchy eyes, drooping eyelid, excoriated skin, scaly skin, nodules, and crusting of the eyelashes. The eyelids itch and can … Read More...

What is a Pterygium?

What is a Pterygium? A Pterygium is a benign growth on the surface of the eye. It originates from the conjunctiva which is the outer layer of tissue containing blood vessels that covers over the white portion of the eye called the sclera and grows onto the cornea of the eye (clear portion of the … Read More...

Plaquenil or Hydroxychloroquine

What is Plaquenil? Plaquenil is a drug used in the acute treatment of malaria. It is also used in the long –term treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus erythematosus. Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is the generic name for Plaquenil. Chloroquine has been replaced with Hydroxychloroquine as it has l … Read More...

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism A person has astigmatism when the light that enters the eye is not focused to a clear point on the retina. Instead light is focused into a line not a point. This means that the person with astigmatism will have blurred vision. Astigmatism is present in about thirty to forty percent of … Read More...

Eyelid Tumors

Types of Eyelid Tumors There are two main categories of eyelid tumors which are benign tumors and cancerous or malignant tumors. Benign Tumors or Growths on Eyelids Papilloma A papilloma is a benign growth that can occur on the eyelids and are much more common as we age. They need no … Read More...

Exotropia

What is Exotropia? This is an ocular disease where the eyes are turned outward which the opposite of crossed eyes. This is a form of strabismus which means misalignment of the eyes. The more common form of strabismus is esotropia which is the medical term for crossed eyes. Strabismus can run in … Read More...

Essential Fatty Acids and the Eyes

What are Essential Fatty Acids? Fatty acids are straight chained hydrocarbons ending with a carboxyl group at the end. The human body can synthesize most of the fat it needs from our diets. There are two fatty acids linolenic and linoleic acids that the human body cannot synthesize and must be … Read More...

Strabismus

What is Strabismus? Strabismus is an ocular condition in which there is a misalignment of the eyes. This occurs in about 4 percent of children born in the United States. Other terms for strabismus is heterotropia, crossed-eyes, wall-eyed, and last eye. It is the result of the lack of coordination … Read More...

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