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A common concern among patients here in our dry desert is the appearance of a yellowish bump on the white part of the eye or the white thing growing over the eye. These descriptions will usually refer to pinguecula or pterygium growing on the eyeball.
Yes, it can happen. Everyone has bacteria and mites living on the skin and this is usually a beneficial relationship but when overpopulation occurs, there is a problem.
Leonardo da Vinci imagined and created the concept of a contact lens in 1508. But it wasn’t until 1887 that the first contact lens was actually produced from glass, and it was very uncomfortable. The first plastic contact lens, created in 1939, fit the entire eye, but subsequently was designed to fit only on the cornea.
While eye problems can occur any time of the year, with springtime comes an increase of itchy, red, puffy and watery eyes. A variety of conditions can cause these symptoms, including allergies, dry eye, bacterial and viral pink eye, as well as skin conditions such as an overpopulation of bacteria or skin mites at the lid margin.
Fortunately, there are many options for correcting vision. There are eyeglasses, contact lenses and surgical options such as LASIK, PRK and implantable lenses. Most people needing correction are a candidate for one, if not all, of these choices for more clear vision.
For Dr. Liang, improving eyesight for Southern Nevadans drives her work at Center For Sight, a leading eye care practice with multiple offices in the area.
After being in practice for 18 years, I sometimes forget that the public still needs to be continually educated on the need to have their eyes checked every year.