My eye hurts

Subepithelial infiltrates (SEI). SEIs generally occur after viral keratitis, but are also found in blepharitis and contact lens-related hypersensitivity.   White blood cells from the limbal vasculature are drawn into the avascular cornea. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s response to protect tissues and organs. It is an efficient response caused by injury, infection, autoimmune…

Contact Lens Overwear

Overwearing your contact lens can cause serious problems with corneal health.   Note the blood vessels growing onto the cornea, caused by lack of oxygen.  The white areas represent inflammation.     Contact lens wear must be discontinued and medications prescribed.    Contact lens wear can cause serious damage and injury to your eyes.  …

A Lasik Complication

The total incidence of epithelial ingrowth was 4.7%. The incidence after primary treatment was 3.9%. The incidence after enhancement was 12.8%. Epithelial cells may be implanted in the interface either during flap creation or may migrate under the flap after surgery. Epithelial ingrowth is the term for cells growing under the LASIK flap.   Most…

What Contact Lenses Can Do to Your Eye

If you over-wear your contact lenses or don’t properly clean and disinfect them, this is what can happen!    An episode of pain and light sensitivity due to inflammation, with the risk of serious bacterial infection.   This must be promptly treated and can result in a permanent scar.   Changing to DAILY DISPOSABLE contact lenses (thrown away…

What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean

By Dr. Yvonne Alomia Recently, I saw a 16 year old girl for a routine eye examination.  Last exam had been 2-3 years ago.   Her medical history was negative for everything.  Picture of her right eye’s retina is above.   Blood work by primary care physician shows she has HIGH LIVER ENZYMES but they don’t…

Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion: What You Should Know

Your eyes are a direct reflection of your overall health. A dilation enables your doctor to see the optic nerve, the retina, and the blood vessels. Early diagnosis and treatment are important in glaucoma, which causes damage to your optic nerve and retinal nerves. Conditions such as diabetes and hypertension can affect the blood vessels,…

Contact Lens Overwear

Many enjoy the convenience and vision of contact lens wear.   However, contact lenses can cause lack of adequate oxygen to the cornea.    Symptoms include light sensitivity, tearing, feeling sand in your eyes, and blurred vision.   Contact lens overwear can cause abnormal blood vessels, shown below, onto the cornea, as well as abnormal corneal cells’ size…

When Contact Lenses Cause Inflammation

Sometimes contact lenses can cause inflammation of the cornea, with an accompanying bacterial infection.  The white dot shown on the cornea above is an infiltrate, caused by bacterial inflammation.  Symptoms can range from mild discomfort, feeling like there’s something in your eye, tearing, and redness, to severe pain, light sensitivity, and decreased vision.  Corneal infiltrates…

When Contact Lenses Harm Your Eyes

Q:   How can contact lens wear be a risk? A:  Contact lenses are considered a medical device, which can put you at risk for serious eye infections  Q:  Why does a contact lens prescription have a specified expiration date? A:  Because the doctor must evaluate the health of your eye, to make sure that contact…