Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation or irritation of the clear mucous membrane lining the inner eyelids and sclera called the conjunctiva.
When a natural cornea transplant is not an option, artificial corneas may work.
Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition that typically affects the eyelids, but can secondarily involve the cornea and conjunctiva.
Appearing as cloudy areas in the eye’s lens, cataracts cause loss of vision and eventually blindness.
Chronic Conjunctivitis, Varieties of
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, transparent tissue that covers the outer surface of the eye. Conjunctivitis that persists for four or more weeks is considered chronic.
Wilmer specialists diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and injuries to the cornea such as infections and scratches.
This common complication of diabetes can cause swelling of the retina (macular edema) and mild to moderate blurring of vision.
Dry Eye/Sjögren’s Syndrome
Characteristic symptoms include sandy or burning sensation, discomfort, blurred vision, and redness of the eye that progress as the day goes on.
Episcleritis is an inflammatory condition affecting the episcleral tissue between the conjunctiva and the sclera (the white part of the eye) that occurs in the absence of an infection.
Physicians treat viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections of the eye and potentially serious complications of allergies and infections.
Affecting vision, tumors usually arise as retinoblastoma in children and melanoma in adults.
Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy
Fuchs endothelial dystrophy is genetic it specifically affects the front surface of the eye (cornea). The pumping cells become dysfunctional and causes corneal swelling. as a result the individual loses the ability to see details (visual acuity) and become sensitive to bright lights.
Glaucoma is a group of disorders in which vision is progressively lost, most often without symptoms noticed by the affected person over a period of years.
Inflamed and Irritated Eyes
Includes conditions Allergic and Chronic Conjunctivitis, Blephartis, Episcleritis, Keratitis (Corneal Ulcers), Ocular Citatrical Pemphigoid/Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid, Pterygium, Scleritis, and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
Keratitis (Corneal Ulcers)
Keratitis is an inflammation or irritation of the cornea (the transparent membrane covering the iris and pupil) characterized by typical symptoms of red eye, foreign body sensation, pain, sensitivity to light, watery eyes, and blurred vision.
Keratoconus is a non-inflammatory eye (ocular) condition characterized by progressive changes of the shape of the cornea. The cornea is the thin-walled, “dome-shaped” transparent region forming the front of the eyeball; it serves as a protective covering and helps to focus or bend (refract) light waves onto the retina at the back of the eye.
Low Vision and Visual Rehabilitation
Low Vision, caused by a variety of diseases, is a collective term for vision loss that cannot be reversed by glasses, medication, or surgery.
Not easily detectable, macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, permanent vision loss in Americans over 50.
Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism
Difficulty in seeing objects close-up, far away, and other blurry vision is caused by irregular eyeballs.
Ocular Citatrical Pemphigoid/Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid
Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid (MMP) is a rare, inflammatory autoimmune disorder characterized by blistering lesions that affect the mucous membranes of the body, especially the mouth and the eyes.
A pterygium is a raised, wedge-shaped growth of the conjunctiva (the surface tissue of the white of the eye) that extends onto the cornea.
Scleritis, similar to episcleritis in terms of appearance and symptoms, is usually much more painful and can lead to vision loss due to progressive inflammation of the ocular tissues.
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a disorder that causes painful blisters and lesions on the skin and mucous membranes and can cause severe eye problems.
Strabismus & Amblyopia
(deviated eyes), amblyopia (known as “lazy eye”).
Medical research studies are classified into a few different phases. Each phase has a different focus, but all work towards the goal of finding a new or improved treatment. These phases include:
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