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Common Eye Diseases and Disorders

Macular degeneration: Advances in stem cell and gene therapy

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) develops slowly over time, resulting in vision changes, declining vision, and potential blindness. In this week’s blog, two ophthalmology experts discuss the future of prevention and therapy based on current research. Learn more.

What to do if your child fails their school vision screening

If your child failed their school vision screening, a pediatric ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern can help. determine if they need glasses or have other vision problems.

Ask the ophthalmologist: What causes floaters in the eye?

Eye floaters are common, but what causes the small spots or cobwebs to drift across your field of vision? And are they dangerous? Ask the UT Southwestern ophthalmologist.

Understanding uveitis: A vision-threatening but treatable eye disease

Uveitis, a rare inflammatory eye disease, is among the leading causes of blindness in people under 40. Jennifer Cao, M.D., discusses uveitis in this MedBlog.

Breaking ground in eye cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment

Eye cancers are rare, requiring expert care. UT Southwestern's Chief of Ophthalmology J. William Harbour, M.D., an ocular oncologist, discusses advanced treatments and why proactive vision check-ups are so important.

Neurodegenerative conditions: When AMD, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s affect the eyes

Neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can cause vision symptoms that often go unrecognized. Researchers at UT Southwestern are committed to discovering and refining preventive and therapeutic options for these patients. Learn more.

Ask the ophthalmologist: Will new eye drops really eliminate need for readers?

By age 40, millions of Americans begin dealing with age-related blurred vision when they read. New eye drops approved by the FDA recently help treat presbyopia, but are they a game-changer? UT Southwestern ophthalmologist William Waldrop, M.D. weighs in.

With DMEK for cornea transplant, less can be more

DMEK, an advanced microsurgery technique for corneal transplants, offers patients faster recovery and better outcomes for their eyes and vision than traditional invasive methods.

Nerve graft restores eye sensation and prevents vision loss

Nerve damage in a person’s cornea can lead to vision loss. Jeremy Bartley, M.D., discusses how a new nerve grafting procedure can restore sensation and save a person’s vision.

4 conditions with signs and symptoms that arise in the eyes

Exams of the retina can give patients an inside look at their visual and overall health – before more noticeable symptoms arise.

See clearer – faster – with less-invasive cornea transplant surgery

It may take a year or more for full vision to return after a traditional cornea transplant, but a less-invasive method can have patients seeing clearly after only a few weeks or months. William Waldrop, M.D., explains.

Severe dry eye: Advanced solutions to a common, chronic condition

Health conditions such as Sjögren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, and rosacea can cause severe dry eyes. Danielle Robertson, O.D., Ph.D., discusses our new Advanced Dry Eye Specialty Clinic designed for these patients and offers tips to help control dry eyes at home. Read more.

Don’t lose sight of eye health during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the pandemic, it's safe to get ophthalmology care for glaucoma, cataracts, or new eye symptoms. Find out why you shouldn't postpone your visit.

Cataracts in children: Prevent vision loss with early detection and treatment

Cataracts don’t only affect seniors – children can get them as well. And because their eyes are still developing, early detection and treatment is vital to prevent permanent vision loss. Learn about treatment options for pediatric cataracts in this week’s MedBlog.

Corneal refractive surgery: LASIK and beyond

LASIK is the most common corneal refractive surgery, but it’s not the only vision correction surgery option. In this MedBlog, explore other procedures that reshape the cornea and learn what to expect during and after surgery.