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Common eye conditions in adults

GET ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT ADULT EYE CONDITIONS (SEE BELOW FOR CHILDREN’S EYE CONDITIONS)

Corneal disease refers to many conditions that affect your cornea – the clear window at the front of the eyeball. It is a unique part of the body that is designed to be transparent and crystal clear. You can see the coloured iris and the pupil through the cornea.

Eyelash disease is not very well recognised although it is common among patients.

This is a disease where the eyelashes either do not grow, fall off or grow in the wrong direction.

It is not unusual to see flashes and floaters from time to time.

Often, people who have healthy eyes see floaters. They appear as spots, lines, or cobweb effects, usually when you look at a plain surface such as a white wall or a clear blue sky. As you age, floaters become more regular.

Glaucoma is a condition that can affect your sight. It often affects both eyes to varying degrees. One eye may develop glaucoma quicker than the other.

Keratoconus is a degenerative non-inflammatory disease of the cornea that causes it to gradually thin and bulge into a cone-like shape. Since the cornea is the primary focusing lens of the eye, any distortions in it lead to a distorted image projected onto the retina.

Puffy eyes and dark circles are very common and can give you a tired and old appearance. This can cause you to feel embarrassed, and affect your confidence and self-esteem.

Red-eye is a general term used to describe red, irritated, and bloodshot eyes.

The appearance of red-eye ranges from a bright red colour that completely covers the white of the eye, to a few enlarged blood vessels that look like wiggly red or pink lines across the white of the eye.

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STEP 3: FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS

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Common eye conditions in children

GET ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN’S EYE CONDITIONS

A gene mutation or inherited eye disease can cause the eye to develop abnormally from birth. There are various forms of these abnormalities that all come under the title of anterior segment developmental anomalies (ASDA).

Children with visual stress may experience one or several of the following:

  • Blurred letters or words which go out of focus.
  • Letters which move or present with back to front appearance or shimmering or shaking.
  • Headaches from reading.
  • Words or letters which break into two and appear as double.
  • Find it easier to read large, widely spaced print, than small and crowded.
  • Difficulty with tracking across the page.
  • Upset by glare on the page or over sensitive to bright lights.

Eye trauma in children is not uncommon and affects the eye and the surrounding structures such as the eyelids, eyebrows, bone, or muscles of the eye.

A lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, is a visual development disorder in which the vision through one eye fails to develop properly in early childhood. When both eyes are unable to work together to focus on the same point in space, it causes visual problems.

Squint, otherwise known as strabismus, is a misalignment of the eyes.

This condition occurs in approximately 4% of the UK population. It can affect people at any age, but it is commonly found in children.

Watery eyes is a condition in which there is an overflow of tears onto the face, often without a clear explanation.

It is not unusual for a child to be born with watery eyes. This is because the tear ducts are not fully operating in the first year of life.

Refractive errors are present in almost 20% of children.

If a child has refractive errors, the eye does not focus light on the retina and so the vision will be out of focus and blurred.

The most common refractive error seen in children is short-sightedness. Here the child can see close up but has problems with seeing things far away.

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How my eye care services work for children

FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST IN 3 EASY STEPS

STEP 1: CONTACT US

Give us a call or click the button below to book your child in for a consultation. Or, contact one of our helpful and knowledgeable staff to get answers to your questions.

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STEP 2: LET’S MEET

Bring your child down to our clinic in London’s Harley Street district and we’ll conduct a thorough examination and consultation to see how we can help.

STEP 3: FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS

Have the confidence of knowing that a caring eye care professional is managing your child’s eye condition so they can get back to normal life.

About the expert

Mr Samer Hamada | Consultant Ophthalmologist and Corneal Surgeon

MD, MSc, DO (hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth I am Samer Hamada, founder and consultant ophthalmic surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in ophthalmology. I am a world-renowned specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. I’m not only a leading surgeon but also the only dual fellowship trained in corneal diseases in children from reputable institutions in the UK. At Eye Clinic London I work closely with other consultant ophthalmologists, optometrists and orthoptists to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our main aim is to make sure our patients get the safest and best treatments available to them. We put your safety before anything else so you can rest assured that if you choose us you will be in the best and safest hands.

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