Common eye conditions

At ACUVUE®, our care for your eyes doesn't stop with correcting your vision. As part of Johnson & Johnson Vision, we are dedicated to promoting complete eye health, and that includes educating you about the conditions that could affect your eyes.

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What’s a stye?

A stye is a painful lump on your eyelid.


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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, or "pink eye"

Conjunctivitis is a very common condition that is typically caused by infection or allergies. Often referred to ask “pink eye” the condition usually clears up in matter of days without any treatment, if symptoms persist please speak to an eye care professional.


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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 a foreign substance such as dust or pollen.


What are eye allergies?

An eye allergy (allergic conjunctivitis) is an inflammation of the eye caused by contact with allergens such as pollen, mould, dust mites or pet dander.


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What causes eye allergies?

Eye allergy results from the body’s immune system fighting against material, typically not harmful, that it does not recognise. This is also known as a hypersensitivity reaction. Allergens, the materials that the body is hypersensitive to, get into your eyes causing your body to release chemicals called histamines, which cause inflammation.

Dry Eye

What’s dry eye?

Dry eye symptoms can occur when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or your tears evaporate too quickly.


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What causes dry eye?

Dry eye symptoms can stem from a number of causes. It can be a side effect of certain medications or a symptom of a chronic disease.


What’s a cataract?

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


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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.


What’s glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the term given to a group of eye disorders that can affect your vision. There are several risk factors, but it is more common in older people and those with a family history of the condition.


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What causes glaucoma?

Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside your eye is sufficiently high to damage the structures at the back of your eye (retina) leading to nerve damage. It usually affects both eyes, but is likely to affect one eye more quickly than the other.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye condition that typically develops in older people. There are two types of AMD: Dry AMD is more common, develops gradually and can cause some vision loss. Wet AMD develops more quickly and can cause greater vision loss. Both forms can happen at the same time.


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What causes age-related macular degeneration?

AMD occurs when the macula, the central part of the retina in your eye, stops functioning effectively.

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Last updated 19/02/2024.