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Retrobulbar Neuritis
Retrobulbar neuritis, a form of optic neuritis, is a condition in which the optic nerve, which is at the back of the eye, becomes inflamed.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Dry eye syndrome occurs when there is a breakdown in the body's ability to produce the tears that moisten, protect and cleanse the eyes.
Uveitis
Uveitis means inflammation of the part of the eye called the uvea. The uvea, also called the uveal tract, is a continuous layer of fibrous tissue that surrounds the eye.
Farsightedness (Hyperopia)
A person with farsightedness, also called hyperopia, has difficulty seeing objects close to the eye. They can see distant objects well.
Keratitis
Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea, the outermost part of the eye.
Graves' Eye Disease (Graves' Ophthalmopathy)
Graves' eye disease, also called Graves' ophthalmopathy, is a problem that develops in people with an overactive thyroid caused by Graves' disease.
Endophthalmitis
Endophthalmitis is an inflammation of the inside of the eye. The inflammation can extend to surrounding tissues responsible for vision.
Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is a common cause of blindness and vision problems among older people. Macular degeneration is also called age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.
Double Vision (Diplopia)
Double vision, also called diplopia, causes a person to see two images of a single object.
Retinopathy
Retinopathy refers to diseases that affect the retina, the collection of light-sensitive cells lining the back half of each eye.

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Eyelid And Tear Duct Disorders
Tear Duct Infection (Dacryocystitis)
Dacryocystitis is an infection in the tear ducts of the eye or in the tear sac, also called the lacrimal sac.
Blepharitis
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that involves the edges of the eyelids and eyelash hair follicles.
Styes and Chalazions
A sty, also called hordeolum, is a small abscess of the oil gland associated with an eyelash hair follicle. A chalazion, like a sty, is a swelling within the eyelid caused by inflammation of an oil gland.
Drooping Eyelid (Ptosis)
In this condition, the border of the upper eyelid falls to a position that is lower than normal. In severe cases, the drooping eyelid can cover all or part of the pupil and interfere with vision.

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Eye Injury
Black Eye
A black eye, sometimes called a "shiner," is a bruise around the eye.
Corneal Abrasion
The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped "window" that covers the front of the eye. A nick, scratch or scrape of the cornea is called a corneal abrasion.
Chemical Injury to the Eye
A chemical eye injury is an emergency. Damage can occur within one to five minutes.
Detached Retina
A detached retina, also called a retinal detachment, is a separation of the retina from the deeper layers of the eyeball that normally support and nourish it.
Eye Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit)
A broken bone (fracture) in the eye socket can involve the rim of the socket, the floor or both.
Foreign Body in Eye
Eyelashes prevent most particles or objects from entering the eye, and tears usually are able to rinse out particles that do get in the eye. Occasionally, a solid object or projectile can adhere to the eye or embed itself below the surface of the eye.

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Lazy Eye
Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)
Lazy eye, also called amblyopia, is an eye problem that can occur in growing children.

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Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
Conjunctivitis, also called pinkeye, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the whites of the eyes.

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Crossed Eyes (Strabismus)
Crossed Eyes (Strabismus)
Crossed eyes, also called strabismus, occurs when the eyes appear to be misaligned and point in different directions.


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