Diagnosing Corneal Infiltrates

optometrist examining female patient on slit lamp in ophthalmology clinic

Patient: This morning my left eye was red and irritated. It feels like there is something in my eye. I was doing yard work and I think I got some debris in my eye.

Doctor: Ok, has this happened before?

Patient: No

Doctor: Let me take a look

The doctor examines the eye through a slit lamp and sees:

What to Know About Cataracts

Closeup of a senior woman's cloudy eye, cataract concept cloudy lens

Cataracts cause clouding of the lens. The most widely known cause of cataracts is age, but cataracts can also occur due to genetics, trauma, and systemic diseases.

Diagnosing Anterior Uveitis

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Patient: Doctor, my right eye is red, painful, and I can barely open my eyes in the light. It started about two days ago and it feels like it has gotten worse.

Doctor: Has it happened before?

Patient: No.

Doctor: Let me take a look

The doctor examines the eye through a slit lamp and sees:

Hypertension and the Eyes

Elderly man examined by an ophthalmologist, hypertension or high blood pressure exam from eye doctor

Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure and can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and aneurysms. Hypertension usually does not have any symptoms unless it is severe. The American Heart Association has classified normal blood pressure of systolic less than 120 and diastolic less than 80. Any readings above normal are classified as elevated, high blood pressure (BP) stage 1, high BP stage 2, hypertensive crisis. Below are the blood pressure categories from American Heart Association.

What are Pterygiums?

close up of the advance pterygium during eye examination

Previously we introduced you to pinguecula, that little yellowish growth composed of harmless calcium and protein deposits that can develop on the cornea of your eyes. Now let us introduce you to pingucula’s bigger and more attention-seeking sibling: Pterygium.

What are Pingueculas?

close up eye, acute pingueculas, asian patient has red eyes and feeling pain, infection in eye

The sun has started gracing us with its warm presence! Many Idahoans are already anticipating the days to come: of the endless hours basking in the sun’s rays, hiking those mountain trails, roaring across dirt roads on those four-wheelers, and getting those hands dirty with garden soil. Come late August you will be feeling better than ever, right?

Dry Eyes? Avoid These 4 Makeup Ingredients

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Ever look at a list of ingredients on a new beauty product and wonder if it’s really safe to put on your face or near your eyes? Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate the chemicals used in beauty and cosmetic products? The only thing the FDA monitors is the mislabeling of ingredients. They can’t control whether something is labeled hypoallergenic or organic and they can’t even force a company to remove or recall dangerous chemicals, they only send warning letters!

Allergy Survival Guide for Your Eyes

happy young woman enjoying summer in yellow field at sunset

Spring is here and everything is in bloom! It’s beautiful outside and after being cooped up all winter (and quarantine), we can’t help but be drawn to the outdoors! But if you are like the roughly 20% of the population that is affected by allergies, you may have a different view. We all know about the typical symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, but let’s talk a bit about how allergies affect your eyes and more importantly, what to do about it!