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Behcet's Disease

Submitted by jacksonn1 on Mon, 01/30/2023 - 19:09

Behcet’s Disease (BD), or Silk Road Disease, is s systemic vascular disease that affects many different organ systems in the body. It generally causes an inflammation of blood vessels in the body, which can lead to various symptoms. It is commonly seen as a triad of oral aphthous ulcers, genital ulcers, and ocular disease. The overall cause of this disease is unknown, but some speculate that it is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks itself.

Evil Eye and Opthamology

Submitted by maanavm on Sun, 12/11/2022 - 12:14

   In everyday society, when we hear that someone has given the evil eye to another person, we often associate it with bad luck or harm inflicted on another person due to someone else's cold stare. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, evil eye is a gaze or stare that causes material harm. According to an article from LiveScience, the supernatural harmful effects of the evil eye can range from minor misfortune to serious injury and/or disease to worse- death. Some symptoms of the evil eye include yawning, appetite loss, fever, and hiccups.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Submitted by maanavm on Sat, 12/10/2022 - 21:18

When most people think of diabetes, or the more specific scientific name diabetes mellitus, whether it be Type 1 or Type 2, the first idea that comes to mind is a condition where blood sugar levels are at high levels due to low insulin levels and difficulty processing sugars. In addition, diabetes is often associated with symptoms such as frequent urination, excessive thirst or hunger, changes in weight, and numbness and tingling. It affects various body systems and organs ranging from the heart to the kidneys to the lower extremities (legs and feet).

Pinguecula and Pterygium!

Submitted by jacksonn1 on Wed, 12/07/2022 - 02:44

Pinguecula and pterygium are sister conditions concerning growth on the conjunctiva, which is the clear tissue covering the sclera of the eye. One might experience redness and itchy, dry, and gritty eyes along with the growth. These conditions are very similar but have distinct differences.

 

Both of these conditions are caused by excessive UV radiation exposure and may be made worse by chronic dryness. A combination of exposure to wind and dust can also cause and worsen these conditions.

 

Are head-mounted displays bad for you?

Submitted by ryanthien on Tue, 11/29/2022 - 19:45

Head-mounted displays (HMDs), which are devices with technology embedded to fit around your eyes in the form of glasses or screens, have gained prevalence in recent years due to development into augmented reality. Understandably, with the rise of technology essentially built around one’s eyes, scientists have questioned whether or not this form of technology will cause harmful effects on vision, both short-term and long-term.

Talcum Retinopathy!

Submitted by jacksonn1 on Wed, 11/09/2022 - 09:11

What is talcum powder? 

Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes making it a common substance used in baby powders. It is also an insoluble inert particular filler material in street drugs.

Adie's Pupil!

Submitted by jacksonn1 on Thu, 10/27/2022 - 22:05

Adie’s Pupil, or Adie’s Syndrome, is a type of neurological disorder affecting the pupil. Patients will present with a pupil that is larger and more dilated than usual and is slower to react in response to light. It is a nonprogressive disorder, and it is limited to damage to the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for regulating certain involuntary body functions like pupil reaction to visual stimuli. 

Visions in my Head- Ocular Migraines

Submitted by maanavm on Wed, 10/26/2022 - 17:04

 "Hey, are you coming to class today?". "No I'm not feeling it today, my head really hurts and I think I am having a bad migraine".

This situation may be all too familiar for certain people, especially those who experience this far too often. When most people think of migraines, they typically associate them with headaches. A migraine headache is a severe throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head. However, the term migraine is not solely applied to the head. In fact, it can occur in the eye too. Such migraines are called ocular, or retinal, migraines.