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What are the early signs of MS?
The early signs and symptoms of MS can vary widely, and some can be significantly challenging or debilitating. Here, learn more about the early symptoms of MS, such as vision problems and numbness, and when to consult a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What are the benefits of pistachios?
Pistachios are nuts that offer numerous health benefits. These benefits include eye health, gut health, and high protein content that may be beneficial for dieting. They are also full of antioxidants and good for blood sugar balance. Learn more about the health benefits of pistachios, and some common myths, here. (Medical News Today)

How can shingles affect the eyes?
Shingles is a common infection that can affect every part of the body, including the eyes. Shingles can cause vision problems, drooping of the eyelid, and, in some cases, vision loss. Here, we examine the effects of shingles on the eye. We also describe tips for prevention and the available treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Vision loss in glaucoma may be due to immune response
Glaucoma is a condition that leads to progressive loss of vision, but its root causes remain unclear. New research says an immune response may be to blame. (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of goji berries?
Goji berries are used in traditional medicine for their health benefits. Several scientific studies back some of their purported health-giving properties, which include fighting eye diseases and cancer and promoting healthy skin. Learn more about the scientific evidence behind the benefits of goji berries here. (Medical News Today)

What role do immune cells play in dry eye?
Dry eye and inflammation that arise from disruption of moisturizing oil glands in the eyelids could be due to blockage by immune cells, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

How a turmeric compound could treat glaucoma
Glaucoma can lead to vision loss, but a turmeric derivative can improve current treatments. New research devises a viable method of adding it to eye drops. (Medical News Today)

What causes a blocked tear duct in infants?
A blocked tear duct is very common in babies. There are many possible causes, including tear ducts that are too narrow. Symptoms include excessive watering of the eyes. Most cases do not cause any pain and do not require treatment. Learn more about the causes and treatment of a blocked tear duct in a baby here. (Medical News Today)

What is a slit lamp exam?
A slit lamp exam is a routine procedure where a doctor shines a light into the eye to look for injuries or diseases. These may include a detached retina, corneal abrasion, or cataracts. Abnormal results can also indicate infection, inflammation, or increased eye pressure. Learn more about the slit lamp exam here. (Medical News Today)

How to get debris out of your eye
Getting an object stuck in the eye is a common problem. It does not usually cause lasting damage, but it is essential to remove it to avoid scratching the cornea. Here, learn how to remove a foreign object from the eye safely at home. If a sharp or fast-moving object enters a person’s eye, they should see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Persistent stress may lead to vision loss, study shows
A new analysis of existing studies shows that persistent psychological stress can lead to conditions such as glaucoma, retinal neuropathy, and vision loss. (Medical News Today)

The curious case of a blind woman who sees motion
The brain's ability to rewire itself, or neuroplasticity, explains the case of a blind woman who can see objects only when they are in motion. (Medical News Today)

Education may lead to short-sightedness
New research offers 'strong evidence' that the more years someone spends in full time education, the more likely they are to become short-sighted. (Medical News Today)

What to know about punctal plugs for dry eye
Punctal plugs are small medical devices that doctors can insert into the tear ducts in a procedure called punctal occlusion. The plugs may be temporary or last many years, and they keep the eyes lubricated to improve dry eye symptoms. Here, learn about the punctal occlusion procedure, including possible side effects. (Medical News Today)

Broken eye socket: Symptoms, surgery, and recovery
A broken eye socket can occur if an accident or injury leads to an excessive force on the area around the eye. There are four different types of broken eye socket, which doctors categorize according to the part of the socket where the fracture occurs. In this article, learn more about symptoms, treatment, and recovery. (Medical News Today)

Can you use Botox under your eyes?
Botox is often used to treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. Can it also reduce dark circles or bags under the eyes? Using Botox under the eyes is not approved in the U.S. and researchers are unsure how well it may work and what side effects may occur. Here, learn about the procedure and its alternatives. (Medical News Today)

How do you get rid of itchy eyes?
Itchy eyes at night can be bothersome and reduce a person's ability to sleep properly. Itching can also cause redness and swelling, which may continue into the daytime. Allergies, irritants, or even eyestrain may trigger them. There are many home remedies to try. Learn more about itchy eyes at night here. (Medical News Today)

What does it mean when your eyes are glassy?
When a person is tired, their eyes can become glassy or cloudy. In other cases, glassiness in one or both eyes can signal an underlying medical condition. Some, like conjunctivitis, require treatment and can be severe. In this article, learn why eyes become glassy, how the symptom is treated, and ways to prevent it. (Medical News Today)

How to get rid of yellow eyes
Yellow eyes can result from damage to the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder. These organs help to filter bilirubin, a yellow compound, from the blood. While most cases require medical attention, we look at whether home remedies can be safe and effective. Learn about the causes and treatments of yellow eyes here. (Medical News Today)

What causes burning eyes?
Burning eyes is stinging or irritation of the eyes. They can be uncomfortable and concerning. Treatment depends upon identifying the underlying cause. Common causes include dry eyes, allergies, and sun exposure. Here, we look at the different causes of burning eyes and how to treat them, including home remedies. (Medical News Today)

Can the eyes really turn purple?
Alexandria's genesis is a fake condition that began in 2005 with a rumor spread online. Supposedly, a genetic mutation can turn a person into a "perfect" being with purple eyes. We describe this myth and real conditions that can alter the color of the eyes. Learn why eye color may change and when to see a doctor here. (Medical News Today)

What causes mucus strands in the eyes?
Mucus fishing syndrome is a condition where a person continually fishes excess strands of mucus from the surface of their eye. Constantly removing the mucus can cause further irritation. Causes include conjunctivitis, dry eye, and physical irritation. Learn more about causes and treatments for mucus fishing syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Causes and treatment for dilated pupils
Mydriasis refers to dilated pupils that do not change in response to changes in light levels. Some medications, recreational drugs, and injuries can cause this. The opposite, pinpoint pupils, is called miosis. In this article, we talk about the possible causes for mydriasis and some of the treatments available. (Medical News Today)

Is it possible to change your eye color?
A person may want to change their eye color for cosmetic reasons or because they have a condition that alters the pigmentation of the iris. In this article, we describe temporary and permanent ways to change eye color. Also, learn how the tint of the iris develops and why it may shift naturally over time. (Medical News Today)

What does eye herpes look like?
The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores can also affect the eyes. Herpetic eye disease can lead to sores forming on the eyelid, light sensitivity, and may affect vision. In this article, we examine the ways that herpes affects the eyes and what treatments are available to bring relief. (Medical News Today)

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