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Eye Conditions & Problems


Amblyopia interferes with the way the eye and the brain work together. The result is poor vision. Treatment may involve glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.


In astigmatism, the cornea or lens of the eye has an abnormal shape, which may make things look blurry or wavy.

Black Eyes

A black eye is bruising around the eyes that can look purple, black, or dark blue. Usually, they get better in a week or so.

Congenital Cataracts

A baby with congenital cataracts has clouding in one or both eyes. Doctors do surgery to treat them.


The eyes are small compared with most of the body's other organs, but their structure is incredibly complex. Learn more about eyes, vision, and common problems with both.

Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

Farsightedness (hyperopia) is a vision problem that makes it hard to see nearby objects clearly.

First Aid: Pinkeye

Pinkeye is an inflammation of the white part of the eye and the inner eyelids. Although some kinds of pinkeye go away on their own, others require treatment.


Glaucoma damages the optic nerve. The condition gets worse over time and leads to a loss of vision if not treated.

How Can My Child Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely?

Looking at a solar eclipse without eye protection can be dangerous. Find out the risks and how to watch one safely.

How to Handle an Eye Injury

Some eye injuries can be treated at home, while others require a visit to the doctor or emergency room. Find out what to do if your child has eye pain.