At the Florida Eye Center, we treat a wide variety of eye diseases and conditions, including glaucoma, cataracts, contact lens-associated problems, macular degeneration, and more. In this article, in particular, we’ll be going over five of the most common conditions that can impact the cornea, such as dry eye syndrome and chronic conjunctivitis. If you are currently affected by any of these conditions, please get in touch with an optometrist in Land O’Lakes as soon as possible to request an appointment.
Chronic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva — the thin, transparent membrane that covers the outer surface of the eye — that persists for four or more weeks. While this condition can be caused by a variety of microorganisms and environmental factors, it’s most frequently caused by staphylococcus, a distinct type of bacteria, or inflammation of the meibomian oil glands. As with any eye infection, symptoms usually include redness, itching, swelling, pain, discharge, and distorted vision.
Finally, ocular herpes, also called eye herpes, is a viral eye infection caused by type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). This is the same virus that causes cold sores, but ocular herpes can also result from the sexually transmitted herpes simplex II virus (HSV-11) that causes genital herpes. The condition typically results in symptoms such as pain in and around the eye, headache, redness, rash, redness of the eye, and blurry vision. If left uncontrolled, the sores it produces on the surface of the cornea can lead to scarring and reduced vision over time. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or are simply in need of a routine eye examination, please reach out to an optometrist who specializes in optical in Land O’Lakes.
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