Corneal and external diseases involve the cornea anterior chamber of the eye iris lens conjunctiva and eyelids including cataracts corneal allergies infections and irregularities refractive errors nearsightedness farsightedness and astigmatism conjunctivitis pink eye dry eye tear disorders keratoconus pterygium endophthalmitis fuchs dystrophy and many others. Blepharitis eyelid inflammation is also a common external disease blepharitis can cause irritation watering red eyes itching and predispose patients to develop styes and chalazia styes that do not go away blepharitis can be caused by bacteria or other organisms but is often due the way that the normal glands of the eyelid produce oil because of this patients often need to have an individualized treatment plan to control their inflammation. A volume of this type limiting itself to external disease of the eye is a distinct contribution to the english speaking physician the author stresses the lesions of the skin in the neighborhood of the eye and a correlation between ophthalmology and dermatology is established the numerous engravings help to make the book readable the author illustrates the lesions adequately with drawings . External diseases of the eye frey t the child presenting a red tearing eye can pose a dilemma for the pediatrician a good history and a careful systematic examination using good light and magnification should lead the physician to the proper diagnosis the child with no complaints other than discharge probably has a conjunctivitis while the child with photophobia and a scratchy sensation should make one search for either a foreign body or a corneal problem fluorescein dye is invaluable
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