Eye Problems – Systemic Diseases

AIDS and the Eyes

AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a life-threatening illness caused by infection with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV attacks the body’s immune system. Then the immune system cannot protect the body against infections and tumors. Continue reading


Blepharospasm is forceful, uncontrollable closing of the eyelids. Often it affects both eyes, but it can affect only one. As the condition worsens, the blinking or winking occurs more often. The eyelids can be closed for longer than a normal blinking reflex, which may cause vision problems. Continue reading

Headaches and Eye Problems

Headaches are a very common health problem. They can have many different causes. Sometimes, but not usually, eye problems are a cause. Continue reading

Herpes Simplex Eye Infections

Herpes simplex is a disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Type 1 HSV often produces painful, fluid-filled blisters on the skin or other tissues. Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by this form of HSV. Continue reading

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Eye Infections

Herpes zoster, also called shingles, is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. This is the virus that causes chickenpox. Sometimes, many years after you have had chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus becomes active again and causes shingles. Continue reading

Migraine Headache

A migraine headache is a special kind of headache that can last for hours to days. It can cause intense pain as well as other symptoms, such as feeling sick to your stomach or having changes in your vision. Continue reading

Thyroid Eye Disorders

Thyroid eye disorders are eye problems that may occur when the thyroid gland does not produce the normal amount of thyroid hormone. Continue reading

Additional Information

Herpetic Eye Diseases

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