Eye Health & Disease

Allergies

Because eye allergies are very common, Dr. Baalman would like to share with you some background information regarding eye allergies. An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects called allergens. Most people will suffer from at least one allergic reaction at some point in their life. The most common allergens are…
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Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. Redness, swelling, styes, cysts, and flaky crusts at the eyelid margin characterize it. Symptoms include scratchy, swollen, tender, and irritated eyes. Inflammation can be caused by various bacteria and be chronic or acute in presentation. People with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and eczema are more prone…
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Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye. Cataracts can lead to a decrease in vision if clouding develops enough to obstruct your view. Left untreated, it is the most common cause of blindness in the world. Cataracts are conventionally treated with surgery. Visual loss occurs because opacification of the lens obstructs…
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Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is a swelling and irritation of the membrane that covers the white part of the eye and eyelid lining. It is often referred to as “pink eye” due to the pink color of inflamed blood vessels. Many irritants can cause temporary conjunctivitis. Seasonal or indoor allergens, pollutants in the air, eye makeup, contact lenses, or…
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