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Blocked tear duct

A blocked tear duct will prevent tears from draining properly, causing watery and irritated eyes. Learn what causes blocked tear ducts and about treatment.

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Eye floaters

Small specks, cobweb-like strands or clouds that move across your vision are called eye floaters.

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5 reasons to look after your eyes

It's common to develop serious eye conditions as you age, or through illness and injury, but there is plenty you can do to protect your eyes from damage.

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Eye diseases

Find information on common eye diseases, such as conjunctivitis, glaucoma, refractive errors, cataracts, colour blindness, diabetic retinopathy and keratoconus.

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Dry eye disease

Dry eye disease is a common condition that happens when your eyes don't produce enough tears. Your eyes may feel sore and gritty and your vision blurry.

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What does an ophthalmologist do?

Ophthalmologists (also called eye doctors or eye surgeons) specialise in eye diseases. Learn what ophthalmologists do – they are not the same as optometrists.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. It affects 1 in 10 Australians aged over 80, but glaucoma can strike at any age. Read on to learn more about glaucoma symptoms, treatments and causes.

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Eye infections

Eye infections can be caused by either viruses or bacteria, or occasionally by a fungus. Learn about possible treatment options.

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Retinal diseases

The retina is a collection of light sensitive nerve cells at the back of the eyeball. Retinal disorders damage these delicate cells and reduce someone’s ability to see.

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Macular degeneration

This incurable disease leads to loss of vision, but you can cut your risk of macular degeneration by making healthy lifestyle choices.

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