Eye Irritations, Infections, and Physical Conditions

The following eye problems that in some cases require medical intervention.

Blepharitis is inflammation in the oily glands of the eyelid, usually resulting in swollen eyelids and excessive crusting of the eyelashes.  Most evident in the morning, tenderness of the eyelids and sensation of a foreign-body in the eye may occur as well.

Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pinkeye, appears as a reddening of the white part of the eye.  Associated with excessive tearing, discharge and the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, in infants and young children, it is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. In older children, it may also be caused by an allergy.

A corneal abrasion is a scratch on the cornea, the front clear surface of the eye. These abrasions are painful and are usually associated with light sensitivity and tearing.

Ptosis, or droopy eyelids is caused by a weakness of a muscle that opens the upper eyelid.  When ptosis is mild, it is primarily a cosmetic problem.  However, ptosis can interfere with vision.  In infancy, it is important that ptosis be taken care of so as not to hinder the development of healthy vision.