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Corneal scratch.What do I do?

Corneal scratch.What do I do?

See an eye doctor: Immediately or go to your local er. Without proper treatment, you could get a serious eye infection. ...Read more

Decompensation (Definition)

Decompensation literally means off equilibrium or off balance, or off baseline. Let's say one has a chronic condition, such as heart failure. When the symptoms become worse and force you to call your doctor or go to the emergency room, you could say that ...Read more


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How do I know if I have a corneal tear?

How do I know if I have a corneal tear?

Pain: A corneal tear or abrasion is very painful. The cornea has many nerve endings and when scratched or torn can be very painful. Corneal abrasions should be seen and treated as infections can develop that may lead to scarring and permanent vision loss. ...Read more

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How can they check the thickness of your corneal?

Pachymetry: Corneal thickness which plays a role in several diseases of the eye, is measured currently with device termed a pachymeter. This uses a timed pulse of ultrasound which reflects off the top and bottom layers of the cornea which then is computed for that time to produce a digital readout of the corneal thickness. ...Read more

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What are some alternate cures for clouding of the corneal lens?

Cornea v. lens: Clouding of the natural lens (cataract) can be surgically correct with removal of the clouded lens and substitution of an intraocular lens. A cloudy cornea, which has many possible causes, can frequenly be improved with certain medications or corneal surgery such as a corneal transplantation. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any experience with corneal rings? What do the rings do for people?

Alter eye power: Corneal rings are implanted arcs of plastic into the inner layers of the cornea. They cause a change in the refraction which neutralizes moderate degrees of myopia. They also have some use in moderate keratoconus to improve the vision and some feel to slow the progression. Your corneal specialist ophthalmologist can help with this. ...Read more

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What exactly is the cornea?

What exactly is the cornea?

See below: It is the clear tissue in the front of the eye that helps focus light (along with the lens inside the eye) onto the retina (the back wall of the inside of the eye) that senses this light (image) and sends a signal to the brain via the optic nerve for the perception of sight. ...Read more

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What are corneal opacities?

What are corneal opacities?

Corneal opacities: Corneal opacities can be cause by anything that injuries the cornea or causes scarring of the cornea. Foreign bodies in the eye are common causes, late effects of severe trauma, various infections, certain congenital or genetic conditions. The image below shows you what one kind of opacity looks like. Do a google search under 'images' for corneal opacity and you will see lots. ...Read more

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What causes corneal rosacea?

What causes corneal rosacea?

The skin: It is ocular rosascea and it is associated with acne rosascea of the skin around the eyes. This is an autoimmune disease of unknown origin but ocular rosascea can usually be well controlled. ...Read more

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Corrections for corneal scarring, what to do?

Corrections for corneal scarring, what to do?

Varies: Treatment varies with the location and extent of scarring. Many corneal scars need no treatment at all. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation of your options. ...Read more

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Why might i continually have corneal erosions?

Why might i continually have corneal erosions?

See below: You may have predisposing corneal conditions like chronic dry eye or a corneal dystrophy - you should see a cornea specialist. ...Read more

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What is corneal sclerosis?

Old term: This is an older term, but i think it is synonymous with band keratopathy. A degeneration of the cornea seen in eye with a chronically damaged cornea, resulting in opacification of the cornea. ...Read more

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What is corneal dystrophy?

Inherited disorder: Dystrophies are inherited disorders. For the cornea, there are many dystrophies. The most common corneal dystrophy is the anterior basement membrane corneal dystrophy. It is also called map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy. ...Read more

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Risks of corneal tattooing?

Lots: There is risk of infection, scarring, and a reaction to the dye, among others. ...Read more

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I have corneal dystrophy. What is it ?

I have corneal dystrophy. What is it ?

Corneal problem: Corneal dystrophy is a term used for a group of inherited disorders of the cornea; the clear part in the front of the eye. They can lead to varying degrees of vision loss depending on the kind of dystrophy. Most can be treated either medically or surgically. ...Read more

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How dangerous are corneal transplants?

Corneal transplants: have multiple purposes and generally they are performed when the benefits outweigh the risks. Most patients do very well, but the surgery does have an extended recovery time and requires frequent follow up. Your eye surgeon will be able to let you know if a corneal transplant is something you will benefit from overall. ...Read more

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Are there successful corneal transplants?

Corneal transplant: Most transplants are successful technically. After, likeany other transplant, rejections can occur for a number of reasons. However, newer technology has replaced them with procedures called dsek and dlak, both offer similar vision improvement, but shorter and safer recovery period. ...Read more

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Any tips? What should I expect from corneal transplants?

Any tips? What should I expect from corneal transplants?

Improved vision: Corneal transplantation surgery removes a disease and non-transparent cornea, with a clear donor cornea which in most cases will heal in place and restore vision. It requires 6 months to a year to heal properly and the diligent use of eyedrops and regular follow-up with the surgeon who does it. But it can be very satisfying when all goes well. ...Read more

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Whats fuchs's corneal dystrophy?

Whats fuchs's corneal dystrophy?

Fuchs: Fuchs is a disease of the inner layer of the cornea. In some pts, this layer fails over time and the cornea can become swollen. When the cornea is swollen, the patient can experience vision loss. Additionally, some patient's with Fuchs' get a plaque or membrane in their central corneal causing vision decline. In these instances, surgery such as DSEK (partial corneal transplantation) is helpful ...Read more

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What is the treatment for recurring corneal erosions?

Ophthalmologist: An ophthalmologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you for this important eye disorder. ...Read more

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