CategoryEye Disorders

Broken Blood Vessels in the Eye: The Causes and Cures


Waking up with a ‘bloodshot eye’ can sometimes be a sign that you’ve been pushing yourself a little too hard. If you start the day looking like a zombie, then it often seems to correlate with burning the candle at both ends, being very stressed or not getting enough sleep. It can be very tempting to just call the day a bust and give up. But what actually causes this and what can you do about it...

Is Pinkeye Contagious?


Pinkeye is another name for conjunctivitis. This is characterised by redness and swelling of the conjunctiva – the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids and the surface of the eyes. As the name might suggest, this often leads to the conjunctiva becoming red and in some cases swollen whereas it would normally be clear. Fortunately, pinkeye is relatively harmless and is self-limiting after about 7...

A Basic Overview of How Your Eye Works


We rely on our eyes for pretty much everything. Humans are very visual creatures and without our eyesight we would have a lot of difficulty navigating our environment and even eating. Yet many of us take this ability to see for granted and we rarely give a thought to how it all actually works… Read on then and we’ll look at just how the eyeball actually operates. It’s all actually...

Which Is Your Dominant Eye?


Most likely you know which hand is your dominant one. This will be the hand you write with and the hand that you naturally reach out with to pick up things. You’ll find that it’s the hand you have the most precise control over, and without training you’ll likely struggle with fine motor skills when using the non-dominant side. But while we’re aware of our dominant hands...

‘Why Are My Eyes Red All the Time?’ – Common Causes of Bloodshot Eyes


There are two main reasons that red eyes are not cool. For starters, they aren’t particularly attractive and hardly evoke an image of someone who is healthy and awake. At the same time, they’re also rather worrying. Your eyes are a sensitive and crucial part of your body, so if they’re looking bright red you might start wondering if there’s some kind of problem with them...

What Is a Detached Retina?


A detached retina is a relatively rare (1 in every 10,000 people are affected at some point) problem affecting the eye which occurs when the lining at the back (the retina) becomes detached and pulls away from the blood vessels that normally provide it with necessary oxygen and nutrients. It’s highly important to treat detached retinas promptly, as they can otherwise lead to blindness in...

Rosemary Can Protect Against Macular Degeneration


Adding rosemary to a dish while cooking may help to protect your eyes from macular degeneration. Researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have published a study that shows a connection between carnosic acid, a substance found in rosemary, and eye health. Age-related macular degeneration is the most common eye disease in the United States. Previous studies have shown that the...

The Link Between Diet and Eye Disease


Our health is very closely linked to our diet in many ways, and maintaining a healthy intake of the right foods is crucial to help keep us strong and healthy and to stave off disease. No part of the body is safe in fact from the role of diet, including something as seemingly far removed as our eyes. To this end, as with anything, there are foods to include in the diet and there are foods to avoid...

Types of Blindness


Being blind is of course a terrible disability and one that can make life more difficult in a number of ways. For anyone experiencing blindness the situation will be equally difficult and it will be necessary to find a vast range of coping methods to help you to get around and to survive on a day to day basis. That said however, not all kinds of blindness are the same – and the severity of the...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disorder that affects approximately one in every 500 people between the ages of 55 and 64. It is more common in even older generations, where it affects one in eight people over the age of 85. What is the macula? The back of the eye, called the retina, is a layer of millions of tiny cells that detect light entering the eye through the pupil. Once...

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin is a qualified biology teacher and experienced freelance science writer from Warwickshire in the UK. She is fascinated by how the human body works and is particularly interested in writing about new research and discoveries in science and medicine.

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