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I have intermittant pain in my eye that feels similiar to a scratched cornea-no visual disturbance. What could this be a symptom of?

I have intermittant pain in my eye that feels similiar to a scratched cornea-no visual disturbance. What could this be a symptom of?

See an eye doctor: It could be dry eye, a scratched cornea, a foriegn body in the eye, or possibly an infection. If you've had a scratched cornea in that same eye before, sometimes the area of old injury can intermittantly open back up to give a similar foreign body sensation. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What symptoms suggest inflammation of cornea?

What symptoms suggest inflammation of cornea?

Pain or cloudy visio: Corneas are very important in vision, you should promptly see an eye doctor...They are called ophthomologists. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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My father has recently been diagnosed with cornea disease, and we are in the early stages of researching possible ways to fix this problem. We've been told about a fairly new procedure called DSAEK. What is DSAEK, and how does it differ from others?

My father has recently been diagnosed with cornea disease, and we are in the early stages of researching possible ways to fix this problem. We've been told about a fairly new procedure called DSAEK. What is DSAEK, and how does it differ from others?

When : When the inside layer of cells in the cornea has been damaged or disease ridden then the cornea will take on fluid and become cloudy. This new procedure has a faster recovery time. The inside layer of cells are removed and replaced using a donor. ...Read more

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What might cause a white donut-like spot to appear on my cornea?

What might cause a white donut-like spot to appear on my cornea?

Arcus senilis: The arcus senilis is a donut ring of lipid deposition at the edge of the cornea. This is an arc, and not a spot. You can get donut like spots as a healing response to previous trauma. I know of no pathology that causes such spots so this is probably a benign event for you. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
once
See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Are there things I can do myself to treat inflammation of cornea?

Are there things I can do myself to treat inflammation of cornea?

See doctor ASAP: Inflammation of the cornea can leave permanent damage. Seek medical care asap. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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Is corneal transplant the right treatment for me i suffered a traumatic work accident earlier this year and have scarring of the cornea. My vision is a little blurry. I don't think it is severe enough and my eye doctor did not mention anything about corne

Is corneal transplant the right treatment for me i suffered a traumatic work accident earlier this year and have scarring of the cornea. My vision is a little blurry. I don't think it is severe enough and my eye doctor did not mention anything about corne

Difficult to say: Your eye doctor should know for sure and be able to advise you best. Other less invasive options may also be considered, including a rigid gas-permeable contact lens (rgp) and laser surgery to remove superficial scar tissue (ptk). Luckily, it sounds likely maybe none of these options are necessary. Maybe all you need is a change in your glasses! ...Read more

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I had a eye exam week and there is a thin white ring, not completely filled in around the cornea on both eyes, is there a way to get rid of it?

I had a eye exam week and there is a thin white ring, not completely filled in around the cornea on both eyes, is there a way to get rid of it?

Arcus lipoides: You most likely have a condition called arcus lipoides (a.K.A. Arcus senilis). It is due to cholesterol depositing in the corneal periphery. Although these rings cause no harm to the eye, they can be a sign of high cholesterol in the blood. You should get your cholesterol checked by an internist, and reducing your cholesterol can possibly reduce the appearance of the rings. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
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Will getting the icl done prevent my cornea from getting thinner and longer? I have a condition that my cornea is getting thin and long, if i get the icl done will this stop my cornea from getting thinner and longer?

No, : No, the icl acts just like contacts and glasses, gives good vision, but does not treat other problems. You should go see an icl surgeon, bring the topography maps from the other doctor, and really find out what will work for you. If you have a progressive problem, (true keratoconus) vs an abnormal cornea, but one that isn't likely to change, then you will do well with icl! ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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Is there a relation between fuchs disease and cornea transplant?

Progression: Fuchs is when the interior lining of the cornea is spontaneously damaged enough that it can no longer pump fluid out of the cornea which then loses transparency. Correction is done by a transplant of the inner corneal lining from a proper donor and occasionally by a corneal transplant. So the relationship is one of progression. ...Read more

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Fuchs disease and cornea transplant, can you tell me about this?

Fuchs disease and cornea transplant, can you tell me about this?

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