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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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 medications 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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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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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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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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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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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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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 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
daily
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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

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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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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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Can you tell me how to feel about cornea transplant for keratoconus eye disorder?

Can you tell me how to feel about cornea transplant for keratoconus eye disorder?

Check if needed: Not sure what you mean. The results of corneal transplant for keratoconus are excellent with very little rejection reported. If your disease is very advanced, and visual correction is limited by glasses, usually contact lenses, then a transplant can restore the best vision. Today, there are methods to transplant less tissue with excellent results. Feel good about the procedure if you need it. ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
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Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
Once
Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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I seen on news about pig eyes for cornea damage. Will it work for me I blind in right eye from coats disease when I was 3?

I seen on news about pig eyes for cornea damage. Will it work for me I blind in right eye from coats disease when I was 3?

Coats disease: Coats disease is a disease of the retina- back of the eye. The news you mentioned was about cornea transplants with pig eyes. The cornea is on top of the pupil on the outside of the eye. So cornea transplant will not help coats disease. ...Read more

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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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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
Once
Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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What is a cornea?

The cornea is: The transparent layer forming the front of the eye. ...Read more

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Living with Celiac Disease (Checklist)

Schedule a visit with a dietitian
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When eating out, inform your waitstaff you are intolerant of gluten
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Is the cornea at the back?

Front: The cornea is the window at the front of the eye which lets light in and provides a major portion of the focusing power. It also is the dome upon which contact lenses rest. ...Read more

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How can the cornea bend light?

Refraction: Light is bent when it passes from one medium of a certain density to another of a different density. In the case of the cornea, it is passing from air, through the clear cornea which acts like a lens, focusing the incoming light signficantly. It is further bent by the lens inside the eye and hopefully will focus perfectly on the retina at the back of the eye for best vision. ...Read more

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Living with Crohn's Disease (Checklist)

Find a gastroenterologist and follow their treatment regiment
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Stop smoking
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What happens if I move my cornea?

Cornes: Nothing. The cornea is firmly attached 360 degrees and takes a lot of punishment everyday. ...Read more

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I scratched my cornea. What do I do?

I scratched my cornea. What do I do?

Saline & Patch: You can use Normal Saline eye drops (not visine) and cover the eye to llimit the use. If it is still painful in the morning, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How to get help for a cornea scratch?

How to get help for a cornea scratch?

Depends: This depends on the cause of the scratch. If it is still bothersome after a day or so then you should see your eye doctor. They will likely place you on drops to prevent infection, minimize dryness and and speed healing, these should heal reltively rapidly. ...Read more

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For how long does a ripped cornea heal?

2-7 days: Depending on the severity of the injury this will usually take between one day and one week. If the injury is severe it can take longer. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a cornea grow back?

No: Maybe you are referring to the superficial layer of the cornea? The cornea epithelium does regenerate rapidly if abraded or injured. The entire corneal structure does not. ...Read more

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What should I do if I scratched my cornea?

Scratched cornea: Go see your pcp and possibly the eye doctor as well. ...Read more