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Medicine For Corneal Diseases
Already in the drop: Fluorescein stain, to detect corneal defects and disease, is contained in a drop which includes a topical anesthetic. The anesthetic in fact can be in part diagnostic for corneal disease from painful defects because the use of the drop will eliminate the pain for the duration of the effect of the drop. ...Read more
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
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
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 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
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
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?
Corneal damage: A corneal transplant is done when the persons cornea is scarred, damaged or misshapen so that it will not provide proper focus and light entry to the eye. This uses a donor cornea from a deceased individual that can substitute for the removed damage cornea - termed corneal transplantation or penetrating keratoplasty. ...Read more
Lubrication: Treatment is based on the depth and size of the damaged area. Sometimes, only lubricating drops are given. Antibiotics may be considered to prevent infection. Occasionally a bandage contact lens is used. The cornea can usually heal itself very rapidly. ...Read more
See an eye doc: See an ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis. If the abrasion is large enough, a bandage contact lens can be placed. This helps protect the surface and decrease pain, while the abrasion heals. For smaller abrasions, artificial tears and a topical NSAID are usually sufficient, as it will heal relatively quickly. ...Read more
Lubrication: Use lubricating drops, hourly, and got to your eye doctor or er for worsening pain, discharge and visual loss. ...Read more
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
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
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
Maybe: Patches are applied to protect a cornea after surgery while it is numb from anesthesia. They are sometimes used to lessen the pain of abrasion. It could be used to protect a fragile cornea in dangerous circumstances but it does occlude the vision. I am guessing your ophthalmologist suggest a patch - I would follow that advice. ...Read more
Pain, vision loss: The cornea is quite painful when scratched and gets very light sensitive. Most will self correct in a relatively short time but you should seek ophthalmological attention to avoid extension, infection and recurrence. ...Read more