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  1. Blocked Tear Ducts: Balloon Dacryocystoplasty - Topic Overview

    A blocked tear duct,which causes tears to build up,sometimes requires surgical treatment. Balloon dacryocystoplasty is a type of surgery used to open a blocked tear duct without making an incision in the nose or face. This surgery is not often done in children who are younger than 1 year. During surgery,a thin guide wire is inserted through the hole in the corner of the eye through which ...

  2. Perimetry Test (Visual Field Testing) for Glaucoma

    A perimetry test (visual field test) measures all areas of your eyesight, including your side, or peripheral, vision.To do the test, you sit and look inside a bowl - shaped instrument called a perimeter. While you stare at the center of the bowl, lights flash. You press a button each time you see a flash. A computer records the spot of each flash and if you pressed the button when the light flashe

  3. Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Other Treatment

    Other than laser surgery, the most commonly used treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is photodynamic therapy (PDT).

  4. Laser Surgery for Glaucoma: Pros and Cons - Topic Overview

    Laser surgery uses a very focused beam of light to cut,break down,or destroy tissue. Doctors use laser surgery when medications fail to control vision loss caused by glaucoma. Laser surgery is done more often than conventional surgery for glaucoma. However,repeated laser procedures can lead to scarring. The major advantages of laser surgery over conventional surgery for glaucoma include: ...

  5. Styes and Chalazia - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about styes and chalazia: What is a stye? What is a chalazion? When should I call a doctor? Treating a stye or chalazion: What's the best way to use eyedrops or eye ointment? How do I use a normal saline eye wash? ...

  6. Closed-Angle Glaucoma: Medicines to Avoid - Topic Overview

    If you have narrow drainage angles and are at risk for closed-angle glaucoma,you may need to avoid medicines that widen (dilate) the pupil,the dark spot in the center of the eye. Talk with your eye specialist about medicines that you should not take. The following kinds of medicines may dilate the pupil. Look for these names on the list of ingredients of any medicines you use-both ...

  7. Amblyopia: Wearing an Eye Patch

    Key PointsAmblyopia is a vision problem that occurs in a child when one eye is not used enough for the visual system in the brain to develop properly. This leads to poor vision in the affected eye. Treatment corrects amblyopia by training the brain to use the eye with weaker vision. This allows vision to develop normally in that eye. Covering the stronger eye with a patch is the most common ...

  8. Cataracts: Questions About Surgery - Topic Overview

    How bad does my vision need to be before I consider surgery? If your vision is 20/50 (20/20 is normal) or worse because of a cataract,you may benefit from surgery. If your vision is 20/40 and you have severe glare problems or require good vision for work (for example,you drive for a living),surgery may help you. But eyeglasses may also help. You may want to consider trying glasses before ...

  9. Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Cause

    Vision loss from age - related macular degeneration (AMD) is caused by damage to the light - detecting nerve cells in the macula. In dry AMD, cells in the macula break down, resulting in vision problems.

  10. Radial Keratotomy (RK) for Nearsightedness

    Radial keratotomy (RK) involves making tiny cuts in the cornea, which flatten it and reduce nearsightedness.

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