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  1. Eye Problems in Children: Signs to Look For - Topic Overview

    Parents are often the first to notice vision problems in a young child. A vision examination may be needed if your child: Is clumsy (beyond normal toddler clumsiness) and fails to notice new things around him or her. Squints when the light is not bright or scrunches up his or her face when trying to do a task. Rubs his or her eyes when the child is not tired (rubbing eyes when tired is ...

  2. Dry Eye Syndrome - Topic Overview

    Dry eye syndrome (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) occurs when the tear glands do not produce enough tears,causing your eyes to feel itchy,scratchy,and irritated. It is more common in older adults and in those with autoimmune diseases,such as arthritis. Wearing glasses or contact lenses and smoking cigarettes may increase your risk for dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes also may be caused by certain ...

  3. Radial Keratotomy (RK) for Nearsightedness

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

  4. Glaucoma - Cause

    Learn about glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that cause blindness by damaging the nerve cells located in the back of the eye (the optic nerve). What causes glaucoma?

  5. Cataracts - Health Tools

    This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding cataract surgery.

  6. 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 ...

  7. Contact Lens Care - Topic Overview

    To avoid eye problems,be sure to follow the directions for cleaning and wearing contact lenses. Contact lens wearers have an increased risk for serious eye infections and injury to the cornea. Contact lenses can cause eye problems,such as damage to the cornea or eye infections. Small objects that get into the eye may become trapped under a lens and scratch the cornea. Pinkeye ( ...

  8. Drooping Eyelids - When to Call a Doctor

    Call a health professional if:Your eyelids suddenly start to droop.Drooping eyelids interfere with your vision.Your eyes are dry and irritated, or your eyelids do not close completely during sleep.Your eyelashes start to rub on your eyeball. ...

  9. Nearsightedness (Myopia) - Topic Overview

    What is nearsightedness? Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common cause of blurred vision. It can be mild,moderate,or severe. If you are nearsighted,objects in the distance appear blurry and out of focus. You might squint or frown when trying to see distant objects clearly. View a photo as seen through a normal and a nearsighted eye. Nearsightedness is usually a variation from normal,not a ...

  10. Refractive Error: Treatment Pros and Cons - Topic Overview

    Treatments for farsightedness Type of correction Advantages Disadvantages Eyeglasses The simplest,safest way to correct farsightedness Most people can wear glasses. Accurate and predictable vision correction to within 0.50 diopters of the desired result Less expensive than contact lenses or surgery; easier to take care of than contact lenses Unlikely to cause side effects because they never ...

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