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Eye Infections & Irritations

Allergies

Allergies are your body’s natural response to certain medications or substances, usually resulting in itchiness, redness, and inflammation, among other symptoms. They may occur during particular seasons of the year, or year round, depending on what you’re allergic to. If you suffer from allergies, your eyes may be affected, too. They may be red, itchy, and watery and your eyes and eyelids may even be inflamed.

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Watery eyes happen when eyes produce a surplus of tears, or in other words, when eyes make more tears than they can efficiently drain. This may be due to overproduction of tears, a complication with drainage, or both.

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Inflamed tear ducts, or dacryocystitis, is an inflammation of the tear drainage system in one or both eyes that cause excessive tearing, and sometimes redness and discharge despite there being no presence of allergies, cold, or other concerns. This can happen to people at any age, but it is most typically observed in babies – with one in three affected.

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Conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the transparent membrane (or conjunctiva) that lines the eyelids and eye. It is a common condition that is usually minor; however it is uncomfortable and when caused by an infection, can be highly contagious.

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Eyelid inflammation, or blepharitis, is a common disorder in which the eyelids become red, inflamed, and accumulate build-up around their edges. Fortunately, it is non-threatening to eyesight, although uncomfortable and sometimes unsightly.

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Tired eye is another term for what is commonly known as eyestrain – when eyes feel achy, weak, or heavy due to intense use. It is not a disease, and does not require medical treatment – but it never hurts to know how to prevent it.

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Soft contact lenses are generally comfortable from the beginning of use. Contact lens discomfort can occur but is usually easily remedied

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Dry eye is the loss or reduction of the eye's ability to produce normal tears. It is one of the most frequent causes of visits to an eye care professional. A variety of factors may cause or contribute to this problem. Some are age-related, some are related to the environment. It is a common and treatable condition.

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Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is strain on the eyes that happens when you use a computer or digital device for prolonged periods of time. Anyone who has spent a few hours on the computer has probably felt some of the effects of prolonged use of the computer or other digital technology. The discomfort it causes can be minimized by following a few simple practices.

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Conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the transparent membrane (or conjunctiva) that covers the front part of the eye and underside of the eyelids. Pink eye is generally the term used when this inflammation is caused by certain types of bacteria. It is a common condition that is usually minor; however it is uncomfortable and when caused by an infection, can be highly contagious.

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A sty is a bacterial infection near the root of an eyelash. It is a very common infection that is rarely serious, although it is typically painful.

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Your eyes may appear red or bloodshot from time to time. If your eyes are red and there is no pain or change in vision, it might not be a big deal, but don't chance it. Sometimes, there is an underlying medical cause for eye redness that requires additional treatment. Contact your eye care professional if you experience these or any other symptoms with your red eyes:

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