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Dr. Michael Ham
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Corneal Opacities (Overview)

Corneal opacities are any non-transparent spots in or on the cornea, which is the tissue that covers the pupil and is normally clear.


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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

Dr. Michael Ham
15 doctors shared insights

Corneal Opacities (Overview)

Corneal opacities are any non-transparent spots in or on the cornea, which is the tissue that covers the pupil and is normally clear.


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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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Are corneal opacities the same as having dystrophy?

Are corneal opacities the same as having dystrophy?

Corneal opacities: No. Corneal dystrophy is just one (quite rare) cause of a corneal opacity. Other causes include: various infections (especially, herpes), contact lens wear, corneal abrasions from foreign bodies, certain kinds of allergies (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), and excess desiccation (as occurs in people with eyelid paralysis and can't close them). ...Read more

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Are corneal opacities the same as corneal dystrophy?

Are corneal opacities the same as corneal dystrophy?

No: Anything causing a deposit anywhere on the cornea is termed an opacity - most due to a specific injury such as a foreign body or ulcer of the cornea after healing. Corneal dystrophy is more generalized throughout the cornea affecting one or another layer, some inherited and others like the condition fuch's, which is acquired. See your corneal specialist ophthalmologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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How to know if corneal opacities are the same as having corneal dystrophy?

How to know if corneal opacities are the same as having corneal dystrophy?

Eye exam: An ophthalmologist needs to examine the corneas under a slit lamp bio microscope to determine what the opacities are. A corneal opacity does not mean you have a dystrophy . Visual acuity, location in the corneal layer, pattern, family history and medical history are a few other points to determine. ...Read more

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Can docs please explain are corneal opacities the same as having corneal dystrophy?

Overlapping: Many corneal dystrophic conditions have the development of corneal opacities which can obstruct the vision and sometimes cause other symptoms. Any change in the clear normal architecture of the cornea would be termed opacity so dystrophy is just one subset. Check with your ophthalmologist to sort this out for you. ...Read more

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My 6 years old son has small spots of corneal opacity in his both eyes. Can it be cured? How?

My 6 years old son has small spots of corneal opacity in his both eyes. Can it be cured? How?

See below: This is something that he should see an ophthalmologist for to determine whether it is a cause for concern. ...Read more

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I am a 52 years old man, having corneal opacity in my right eye since 2003. This opacity appeared after healingof the corneal ulcer caused by contact lenses. What should I do?

Permanent: Scars that develop after corneal ulcers are permanent. If outside of your visual axis, they pose no vision problem. If central, the y permanently decrease your vision. ...Read more

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Does vitreous opacity come and go on its own?

Does vitreous opacity come and go on its own?

Depends: The vitreous is the clear gel in the center of the eye which holds tissue in place and is a good shock absorber. Due to trauma , bleeding and aging, some opacities may develop which disturb the vision. Some of these may drift out of view over time but a few persist for many years. In extreme cases, removal by surgical vitrectomy is possible. ...Read more

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