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What is a slit lamp exam?

What is a slit lamp exam?

The slit lamp exam is a standard diagnostic procedure, which is also known as biomicroscopy. A slit lamp combines a microscope with a very bright light. The slit lamp exam usually forms part of a comprehensive eye exam. The individual will sit in a chair facing the slit lamp with their chin and forehead resting […]

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What to know about punctal plugs for dry eye

What to know about punctal plugs for dry eye

A punctal plug is a small device that blocks tear duct drainage. Punctal plugs may help to relieve the symptoms of chronic dry, itchy, or burning eyes. Doctors use a procedure called punctal occlusion surgery to insert punctal plugs, which may be a temporary or long-term solution. The procedure is straightforward, but there is a […]

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What does it mean when your eyes are glassy?

What does it mean when your eyes are glassy?

When the eyes become shiny or glazed, they are often described as glassy. This effect is common and sometimes more of a nuisance than a cause for concern. However, glassy eyes can indicate a more serious condition. The treatment for glazed or glassy eyes depends on the underlying cause. After identifying and treating the cause, […]

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What causes burning eyes?

What causes burning eyes?

Burning eyes can be both uncomfortable and concerning. In most cases, burning eyes can be diagnosed quickly and treated with over-the-counter medications. However, there are some rare causes of burning eyes that may require specialized treatment. In this article, we look at the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of burning eyes. Causes Dry eyes, sunburn, and […]

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What causes mucus strands in the eyes?

What causes mucus strands in the eyes?

When strands of mucus continually develop and a person keeps removing them from their eye, this is known as mucus fishing syndrome. The name refers to the way a person “fishes” these strands from their eye. Mucus can appear in the eye for many reasons, such as irritation and infection. Sometimes, when a person pulls […]

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Eleven causes of pain when blinking

Eleven causes of pain when blinking

A range of different causes can be responsible for pain in the eye when blinking. Some of these require medical attention. Eye pain when blinking can occur across the whole eye or in specific regions, such as the corner of the eye or on the eyelid. This article will discuss possible causes for eye pain […]

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Everything you need to know about papilledema

Everything you need to know about papilledema

Papilledema is a serious medical condition where the optic nerve at the back of the eye becomes swollen. Symptoms can include visual disturbances, headaches, and nausea. Papilledema occurs when there is a buildup of pressure in or around the brain, which causes the optic nerve to swell. It is critical to identify the cause of […]

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What causes eye boogers?

What causes eye boogers?

A person’s eyes produce mucus or pus known as rheum that leaves behind what are colloquially called eye boogers. When mucus dries in the eyes, it can leave behind this sludgy substance. Some people refer to it as having “sleep” in the eyes. Mucus helps protect the eyes from specks of dirt, harmful chemicals, and […]

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Pseudophakia (IOL): Signs you need them and complications

Pseudophakia (IOL): Signs you need them and complications

Pseudophakia translates from the Latin to mean false lens. The term refers to the implanting of an intraocular lens to replace a natural lens, the lens being the clear part of the eye that focuses light and images, enabling a person to see. Pseudophakia often occurs during cataract surgery. A cataract causes clouding or blurring of […]

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Red eyes: List of common causes

Red eyes: List of common causes

Red eyes can be the sign of a minor irritation or a serious medical condition, such as an infection. Bloodshot or red eyes occur when small blood vessels that are present on the surface of the eye become enlarged and congested with blood. This happens due to an insufficient amount of oxygen being supplied to […]