Eye Diseases (Ophthalmology)

Eye Diseases (Ophthalmology)An eye surgeon is trained to treatment a wide range of eye diseases. However, as eyes are the body’s most delicate external organ, it is vital to choose the best qualified and experienced ophthalmologist for your needs.

Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui provides advanced solutions for various eye ailments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding communities.


Cataracts are a normal part of aging. It is a common eye condition in people aged 65 years and older, but they can develop at any age.

Cataracts occur when the normally clear eye lens becomes cloudy and impacts vision. A cataract can develop in either one or both eyes. However, it cannot spread from one eye to another.

Types of Cataracts

While 90 percent of cataracts develop in elderly people, there are other types of cataracts, including:

  • Congenital cataracts: When infants are born with the condition
  • Secondary cataracts: Which occur in individuals who have had surgery for other eye conditions, have other medical issues, such as diabetes, or take corticosteroids
  • Traumatic cataracts: Which occur due to an eye injury
  • Radiation cataracts: Which occur due to exposure to certain kinds of radiation

Types of Cornea and External Eye Diseases

Some conditions of the cornea and external eye include:

Acanthamoeba Keratitis

This is a rare but serious infection in the cornea. This condition usually occurs in people who wear soft contact lenses and who do not follow care and wear guidelines. Initially, patients have redness, eye pain, blurry vision, sensitivity to light. It can lead to permanent vision loss if untreated.


Also known as “pink eye,” conjunctivitis refers to inflammation of the outer covering of the white portion of the eye, the conjunctiva.

It can occur due to irritation, allergy, and bacterial or viral infection. Each type has its own signs and symptoms. In case an eye is red for more than one or two days, has substantial discharge, or is blurry or painful, the patient should seek medical attention.

Corneal Dystrophies

Corneal dystrophies refer to a group of conditions of the cornea. Some are mild changes that a physician can view only with a microscope and which do not cause any problems. However, others can cause corneal haze or opacities and can impact vision. Many corneal dystrophies are genetic.

Dry Eye

Aging causes the eye to lose some of its ability to make tears. As the eye is designed to function “under water,” insufficient tears can lead to blurriness and irritation.

This condition is usually treated using artificial tears, ointments, and drops. There are also drugs available to enable the eye to produce more of its own tears, such as Xiidra and Restasis.

Excessive Tearing

Often called epiphora, this is a condition in which the eye tears excessively. It can occur due to excessive tear production, by improper tear drainage from the eyes, or by malposition of the lower lids. In general, inadequate drainage and malposition of the eyelids can be surgically corrected.


Keratitis is the inflammation or infection of the cornea. There are many reasons, but the symptoms typically include blurry vision, irritation, and sensitivity to light. This usually requires assessment and treatment.


Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases that impact the optic nerve, which carries images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma often occurs due to high intraocular pressure (pressure inside the eye). This condition leads to vision loss and can cause blindness.

Eye surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and nearby areas for eyelid surgery and other eye care procedures.

For more information about cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical eye treatments and procedures performed by Oculoplastic Eye Surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui for patients in and around Palm Springs, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Palm Desert, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, California and surrounding areas call 760.610.2677 or click here to contact us.

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