Common eye disease and conditions

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Styes

What’s a stye?

A stye is a painful lump on your eyelid.

Causes

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What causes styes?

A stye is caused by a bacterial infection of the glands near the base of your eyelashes.

Conjunctivitis

What’s conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis, also known as "pink eye," is a common irritation of the eye caused by infection or allergies.

Causes

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What causes conjunctivitis?

There are two main types of conjunctivitis: infective conjunctivitis which is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, and allergic conjunctivitis, which is caused by an allergic reaction to an allergen like dust or pollen. Both cause the clear membrane over the white of your eye (conjunctiva) to become inflamed.

Allergies

What are eye allergies?

Eye allergy is inflammation caused by contact with irritants like pollen, mold, dust mites or pet dander. Eye allergies are a type of conjunctivitis.

Causes

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What causes eye allergies?

Also known as a hypersensitivity reaction, eye allergies are the body’s immune system fighting against things it does not recognize. Allergens like dust or pollen get into your eyes, causing inflammation.

Dry Eye

What’s dry eye?

The name says it all. Dry eyes occur when your eyes don’t make enough tears or tears evaporate too quickly.

Causes

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What causes dry eye?

Dry eye symptoms can have any number of causes. It can be a side effect of certain medications or a symptom of a chronic disease. It's particularly common in elderly people.

Cataracts

What’s a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye.

Causes

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What causes cataracts?

Most cataracts are age-related, so they are much more common in older people. Other causes may include exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, poor diet, smoking, diabetes and a family history of the condition. Eventually, almost everyone develops cataracts.

Glaucoma

What’s glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the term given to a group of eye disorders that damages the eye’s optic nerve.

Causes

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What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma occurs when the fluid pressure inside your eye is high enough to damage the optic nerve. It usually affects both eyes, but is likely to affect one eye more quickly than the other. There are several risk factors, but glaucoma is more common in older people and those with a family history of the condition.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

What’s age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that can cause blurring, distortion, and vision loss or blind spots in your central vision.

Causes

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What causes age-related macular degeneration?

AMD occurs when the macula, the part of your eye responsible for straight-ahead vision, becomes damaged and stops working properly. As the name suggests, it's more common in older people.

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