Narrow Angle Glaucoma – How it Affects Vision

Definition of Narrow Angle Glaucoma Narrow angle glaucoma is a group of glaucomas in which the intraocular pressure (eye pressure) is raised as a result of obstruction of the drainage pathway (trabecular meshwork). The obstruction may be mechanical with no evident pathology or it may be because of scarring in the angle where the trabecular meshwork resides. Narrow angle glaucoma is also called angle closure glaucoma. Photo by National Eye Institute How Narrow [...]

2017-08-01T21:04:09+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Diseases & Conditions|0 Comments

Rhabdomyosarcoma – Cancer of Orbit

What is Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS)? Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common cancer originating from the soft tissue of the orbit in children. Orbit is the bony cavity in which the eye resides. It is common in pediatric age group and they are rare in adults. Causes of RMS Rhabdomyosarcoma is caused by some genetic predispositions. Changes in DNA can cause activation of genes promoting cell growth and suppression of genes which inhibit cell growth. This imbalance [...]

2017-04-10T18:40:25+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Diseases & Conditions, Surgery, Treatment|2 Comments

Stye on Your Eyelids? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

What is stye? The word ‘stye’ (pronounced as ‘sty’ - rhymes with ‘fly’) originated from an old English word stīgend meaning ‘riser’. Stye on eyelids is an acute infection of glands of zeis which are present at the roots of eyelashes (cilia). The infection is usually caused by Staphylococcus bacteria (90-95% of cases) but other bacteria may also initiate the infection. The infection tends to center around an eyelash follicle. Stye is equally found in [...]

2017-04-09T14:23:02+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Diseases & Conditions, Eye Care, Treatment|1 Comment

Floaters After Cataract Surgery are Mostly Normal

Floaters after cataract surgery are not uncommon and in most of the cases, they don’t pose any threat to your eye or vision. In a small fraction of patients, they may be a sign of a complication of the cataract surgery itself or a pre-existing eye condition which becomes recognizable after surgery. Floaters are usually small moving specks in the vitreous which is a gel-like structure inside the eye. What you actually see is the [...]

2017-04-02T11:47:42+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Diseases & Conditions, Surgery|10 Comments

Acuvue Oasys for Astigmatism Contact Lenses

Acuvue Oasys for astigmatism are contact lenses for patients with astigmatism made by Johnson and Johnson Vision Products, Inc. Its blink-stabilized design makes sure that the contact lenses remain in place, do not shift and provide clear vision. What is astigmatism? Astigmatism is a type of refractive error in which the light entering into the eye does not focus on the retina evenly. The curvature of the cornea (the transparent tissue at the front of [...]

What Causes Myopia to Worsen?

There are many known factors which promote worsening of myopia (short sightedness or near sightedness). Here is a list of those factors. Find out which ones are relevant to you or your affected relative and try to make changes so that you eliminate them and prevent worsening of short sightedness. It’s important to realize however that all factors are not modifiable. Constant wearing of glasses can cause worsening of myopia. Children with low myopia should [...]

Glaucoma: Medical Treatment, Surgery and Lasers to Control Eye Pressure

Medical vs Surgical Treatment of Glaucoma The current scenario of medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma has changed drastically in the last two decades. There are now multiple effective topical medication (eye drops) for medical management of glaucoma. Some of the eye drops are used only once a day which is quite convenient to the patient. The surgical options are also many. It is always a matter of dilemma for the patient to decide between [...]

2017-03-12T22:35:05+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Diseases & Conditions, Treatment|0 Comments

Retinitis Pigmentosa Treatment or Cure Possible?

In degenerative conditions like retinitis pigmentosa, the cells (mainly rods) which absorb light and convert the light energy into electrical energy gradually die. The resultant loss of vision is irreversible. For now, there is no treatment available for retinitis pigmentosa. Scientist all over the world are working on solutions to enhance vision and prevent blindness in such cases. There seems to be a breakthrough in retinitis pigmentosa research now. Guglielmo Lanzani and colleagues of the [...]

What Causes Bulging Eyes

The most common cause of bulging eyes (proptosis/exophthalmos) is Grave’s disease, an autoimmune disease. It causes enlargement of the muscles which are responsible for eye movements. Additionally, the vascular congestion and swelling around the eyes cause pressure effects and pushes the eyeballs forward. Grave's eye disease is 3 to 10 times more common in females than in males. The mean age of appearance of Grave's thyroid disease is about 41-42 years. This disease is usually self-limited [...]

2017-04-10T19:01:48+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Diseases & Conditions, FAQs|0 Comments

New Treatment for Dry Eye and Blepharitis in Children and Adults

Blepharitis (infection or inflammation of eyelids) and dry eye can cause watery, red and painful eyes in both adults and children. Other symptoms include itching, crusting of skin especially of the eyelids, frequent blinking and even blurry vision. The patients of blepharitis and dry eye complain of difficulty in reading, watching tv and driving at night. They also have problems wearing contact lenses. Watch the videos below to know more about blepharitis and dry eye. [...]

2017-02-28T18:20:01+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Diseases & Conditions, Prevention, Treatment|1 Comment