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Doctor insights on: Corneal Erosion Causes

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What causes recurring corneal erosions?

What causes recurring corneal erosions?

Maybe a dystrophy: 50% of recurrent erosionsare due to a condition called epithelial basement membrane dystrophy. This is treatable condition. See your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What causes cornea abrasion?

What causes cornea abrasion?

foreign body: Most commonly, a foreign body, like a speck of dirt, a metal shard, etc will get into your eye and cause a corneal abrasion. These can be painful and need to be treated, especially if over the pupil, so scarring is less likely to occur (which if occurs over the pupil could cause visual problems). ...Read more

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Can corneal abrasion cause astigmatism?

Can corneal abrasion cause astigmatism?

No: Unless they cause corneal scarring (can lead to irregular astigmatism), but typically they heal ok if the eye health is good and lids are in place. ...Read more

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Can lasik cause cornea ulcers?

Can lasik cause cornea ulcers?

Rarely: It is possible to get an infection in the cornea as a result of lasik surgery. It is a very rare event however. Great care is taken to prevent this from happening with the use of antibiotic drops and antiseptic surgical technique. ...Read more

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What is recurrent corneal erosion?

Defective adhesion: This occurs, usually after a corneal abrasion, when the new skin (epithelium) covers the cornea but has defective adhesion to the underlying basement membrane. This leads to partial elevation of the epithelium and sometimes reproduction of the initial abrasion. It can last several years and is painful. A corneal specialist can recommended ways to lessen the pain and time. ...Read more

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Is an indolent corneal ulcer associated with corneal scarring?

Is an indolent corneal ulcer associated with corneal scarring?

Yes: Hopefully you are under the care of an ophthalmologist for this problem. Scar formation is one of several serious consequences of having a corneal ulcer. ...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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What's better for recurrent corneal erosions: keratectomy?

What's better for recurrent corneal erosions:  keratectomy?

Meds then surgery: Usually you want to move from least to most aggressive treatment. Utilizing topical and oral anti-inflammatories as well as lubricating treatment should be tried first. Then superficial keratectomy and diamond polishing can be used followed by possible stromal puncture and laser ptk. ...Read more

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What can cause a corneal abrasion?

What can cause a corneal abrasion?

Usually injury: The most common cause for corneal abrasion is trauma, usually something striking the front surface of the eye like a fingernail, hairbrush, or tree branch. Other causes include corneal dystrophies, severe dry eye, eye surgery, contact lens removal, and many others. Most can be treated with drops to help the pain and prevent infection, although bandage contact lenses or patching may be required. ...Read more

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What corneal disorders cause extreme eye pain?

What corneal disorders cause extreme eye pain?

Many: Since the cornea is very sensitive, many conditions involving the cornea can cause extreme pain. The most common is a corneal abrasion. ...Read more

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Can dryness increase problem of corneal neovascularization?

Not typically: Dry eye does not typically result in corneal neovascularization, although if there is associated severe inflammation it can happen. ...Read more

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Can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

Can corneal abrasions lead to blindness?

Rarely: Very rarely do corneal abrasions lead to a permanent loss of vision - this is usually from a subsequent infection that is not treated quickly. Usually, abrasions heal with either no vision loss or very mild vision changes. ...Read more

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Symptoms and causes of corneal inflammation or iris inflammation (iritis)?

Ophthalmologist: Only an ophthalmologist is going to be able to sort this out, and pretty easily. Yes, there are literally thousands of causes of these conditions. ...Read more

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What's best treatment for recurrent corneal erosions: anterior stromal puncture or phototherapeutic keratectomy?

What's best treatment for recurrent corneal erosions: anterior stromal puncture or phototherapeutic keratectomy?

Meds then surgery: Usually you want to move from least to most aggressive treatment. Utilizing topical and oral anti-inflammatories as well as lubricating treatment should be tried first. Stromal puncture should only be used for small areas outside of the visual axis as scarring can occur. Laser ptk can be used for a larger area that is more anterior, especially if the cornea is steep or the pt is nearsighted. ...Read more

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How to improve recurrent corneal erosion?

How to improve recurrent corneal erosion?

Meds then surgery: Usually you want to move from least to most aggressive treatment. Utilizing topical and oral anti-inflammatories as well as lubricating treatment should be tried first. Stromal puncture should only be used for small areas outside of the visual axis as scarring can occur. Laser ptk can be used for a larger area that is more anterior, especially if the cornea is steep or the pt is nearsighted. ...Read more

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How often does eye damage occur due to a corneal abrasion?

How often does eye damage occur due to a corneal abrasion?

Rare: Most abrasions are small, superficial, heal quickly without sequelae. They are quite common, but eye damage usually doesn't occur. An infection can make things worse. ...Read more

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How serious is corneal inflammation?

Risk of blindness: Corneal inflammation is often associated with ulcer that heal with scarring and cause opacities in the cornea. Depending on the nature, severity and extent of inflammation, corneal inflammation can lead to blindness. ...Read more

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What is bacterial keratitis (corneal ulcer)?

What is bacterial keratitis (corneal ulcer)?

Corneal infection: The cornea is the clear window in the front of your eye. Your tears and the surface cells of the cornea, or epithelium, normally protect the cornea from infection. When these protective layers are compromised, bacteria can enter the stroma, or core layer of the cornea, and cause vision-threatening infection. Commonest cause: misuse of soft contact lenses (poor care hygiene, overwear). ...Read more

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Besides ulcers, what can cause stomach lining tears?

Besides ulcers, what can cause stomach lining tears?

Trauma: Can happen from getting hit in the stomach, being in a car accident while wearing a seat belt, repetitive vomiting or retching. Sometime acid irritation or gastritis could cause streaks of damage rather than a discrete pit (ulcer). Then again there is the common cause of sword swallowing :-). ...Read more