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Trachoma

Written by Dr. Michael Dejene Bejiga, MD, MPH, MSc. What is trachoma? Trachoma is a disease of the eye and is the leading infectious cause of avoidable blindness. [1,2] It is caused by infection with a certain strain of bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatus and is transmitted by direct or indirect...

Episcleritis

What is episcleritis? Episcleritis refers to inflammation of the episclera, which is a very thin layer of clear tissue that sits between the white part of the eye (the sclera, located beneath it) and another clear layer of tissue (the conjunctiva, located above it). Episcleritis causes the eye to look...

Nystagmus

Written by A/Prof Larry Abel, BSc, MSc, Ph.D. What is nystagmus? Nystagmus is an uncontrollable oscillation or movement of the eyes which begins with a slow movement. The eyes return to the point of fixation either with a rapid movement, or another slow movement. While usually horizontal, it can also...

Macular degeneration

Macular degeneration - Written by Dr. Ali Dirani, MD, MSc, MPH and Mélanie Hébert, MD, MSc. What is myopic macular degeneration? In myopia or near-sightedness, there is elongation of the eye which stretches the retina (light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye) and this may lead to areas...

Keratoconus

Written by Dr. Srujana Sahebjada, BS Optom, Ph.D., GCALL. What is keratoconus? The cornea acts like the "windshield" for your eye and looks like a dome-shaped window. It helps to focus light on the back of your eye, allowing you to see clearly. Collagen helps to hold your cornea in...

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