Derm-Optometry

Vision World specializes in Dermatology related to Optometric care. At Vision World we concentrate on the anatomy, etiology, diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of dermatological conditions around the eye.

Dermatological Eye Diseases

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Dry Eye

Surprisingly “dry eye” is not an actual diagnosis.  Rather, “dry eye” is a general term for several ocular surface conditions that cause dry, irritated, and sometimes watery eyes. Each condition has its own specific cause, diagnosis, and treatment. Dry eye disease can lead to itching, redness, pain and inflammation. Dryness and irritation in the eyes can occur because the tear glands don’t produce enough tears, or because the tears themselves have a chemical imbalance. Besides irritation, dry eye can potentially damage the eye and cause vision loss.

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Demodex

The Demodex mite is an eight-legged arachnid living on the surface of the host that can reside in our hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Itching, burning, foreign body sensation, dryness, redness, light sensitivity, pain and blurry vision can be the patient’s complaints once ocular Demodex infestation occurs. The incidence of Demodex infestation increases with age. This disease is related to Rosacea and gan greatly inhibit contact lens wear. Most Demodex are on the eyelid or on the skin around the eye.  You don’t necessarily see it until you know how to look for it.

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Belpharitis/Lid Disease

Blepharitis is a common and ongoing condition where the eyelids become inflamed (swollen), with oily particles and bacteria coating the eyelid near the base of the eyelashes.

Anterior blepharitis is commonly caused by bacteria or dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows. It may also occur due to a combination of factors, such as the result of allergies or an infestation of the eyelashes.

Posterior blepharitis can be caused by irregular oil production by the eyelid glands which creates a favorable environment for bacterial growth.