Retina Background


Submitted by jacksonn1 on Mon, 04/10/2023 - 13:20

Branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) is when the ranches of the retinal vein in the eye become blocked. (Blockage of the central retinal vein would be called CRVO). With the vein being blocked, blood and fluid have the opportunity to spill into the retina, resulting in visual issues. The macula (the area on the retina with the highest visual acuity) can swell, thus affecting central vision. Also due to the blood loss through the branches, cells can die further resulting in more vision loss.

Clinical Trials!

Submitted by jacksonn1 on Thu, 03/30/2023 - 09:22

Have you ever wondered how we are able to learn so much about the eye and the diseases affecting it? Through research and clinical studies and trials! A clinical study is a type of research that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. Anyone who is eligible for specific clinical studies can participate to help contribute to research to further medical advancements. Participating in these studies may also offer compensation for people’s time as an incentive to recruit more participants.

Groupings of Eye Allergies

Submitted by ryanthien on Wed, 02/22/2023 - 23:58


Groupings of Eye Allergies

About one-fifth of the American population has an eye allergy. Despite this, many Americans do not realize that there are several different groupings of eye allergies that affect the correct treatment and precautions needed to follow for their allergies! The groupings are as follows:


Group 1: Seasonal and perennial allergic conjunctivitis

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.