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My 7 yrs old daughter has a scarred right cornea from infection. Local doctors not suggest for cornea transplant. Right eye vision 20/60-100. Left eye is 20/20-25. What are the best option ?

My  7 yrs old daughter has a scarred right cornea from infection. Local doctors not suggest for cornea transplant.  Right eye vision 20/60-100. Left eye is 20/20-25. What are the best option ?

Second opinion: I suggest if you are still unsure you obtain a second opinion from a corneal specialist at a large academic institution. There are many available in georgia. Without know complete history of the infection, type of scarring, etc it is difficult to say for sure. The local docs may be right. The specialists may agree, but they would have the latest up-to-date answers for you, to put your mind at rest. ...Read more

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My son 1 year old scratched in my eye 6 months before and I am having a scar in cornea epithelium with blured vision and I have pain sometimes early in morning with eye swelling.doctor advised lubricating drops.will this cure?

My son 1 year old scratched in my eye 6 months before and I am having a scar in cornea epithelium with blured vision and I have pain sometimes early in morning with eye swelling.doctor advised lubricating drops.will this cure?

Rec. Epith. Erosions: Recurrent epithelial erosions occur when the basement membrane of the corneal epithelium heals irregularly following a corneal abrasion. Nightly lubrication with bland or hypertonic saline ointment for 6 months or more is curative, but with even one recurrence the clock goes back to day zero. A cornea specialist can attempt stromal puncturing. Good luck to you and the baby. ...Read more

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How do scars develop on corneas?

How do scars develop on corneas?

From deeper injuries: A scar can form on a cornea after a corneal ulcer or corneal erosion, because the injury goes deeper, beyond the surface layer of cells. A corneal abrasion injures just the top layer of cells, and usually heals in 1-2 days without a scar. For the deeper injuries, sometimes steroid eye drops are used later in the healing period to help decrease scar formation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have comfort while wearing contacts if I have a scar in my cornea? I was given contacts but the comfort only last about 5 hours.

Is it possible to have comfort while wearing contacts if I have a scar in my cornea? I was given contacts but the comfort only last about 5 hours.

Yes: Yes definitely. A contact lens acts in a way like a bandage and often feels more comfortable while on. Then when the lens is removed the eye is often more uncomfortable since the corneal surface is exposed. In this way a CL is a double edged sword as it may mask pain signifying damage to the cornea. Be sure to have eye care professional supervise your CL use. ...Read more

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Can I still wear soft contacts if I have a scar on my cornea?

Can I still wear soft contacts if I have a scar on my cornea?

Consult...: You have to ask your Ophthalmologist about this. I would not wear them unless they tell you it is ok to do so after a full check up. ...Read more

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If the scar in my cornea does not effect my vision, does that mean it is not serious and won't need a transplant?

If the scar in my cornea does not effect my vision, does that mean it is not serious and won't need a transplant?

Most likely: Corneal scars are only a problem if they are centrally located or the site of chronic inflammation. Quiescent corneal scars out of the visual line, can almost always be ignored and need no treatment. ...Read more

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How do scars develop on corneas, is there any prevention or scar removal medicine?

How do scars develop on corneas, is there any prevention or scar removal medicine?

Wound healing cornea: Severe damage to cornea tissues may result in scar formation. As there is no circulation within the cornea, wound healing is often outside the tissue with limited regenerative abilities. Often requires corneal transplant if extent of damage or scar accumulation is found. Abrasions can heal without scar tissue, but usually not full thickness damage. ...Read more

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Is there any contacts that will minimize a scar on ur cornea had a injury to my eye now it has healed with a scar

Is there any contacts that will minimize a scar on ur cornea had a injury to my eye now it has healed with a scar

Contact : Contact lenses will not minimize scarring, because by definition, scars are not something that changes with time unless something else affects the eye. If a contact lens causes further irritation to the eye, the scar could get worse. A gas permeable contact lens may allow good vision even if there is a scar, because that type of lens 'floats' on the tear film over the cornea. ...Read more

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I have heard, is it true that lubricated tear drops heal the irregular, scarred and swollen corneas ? Will it also cure the conjunctiva membrane ?

Depends!: Lubricating drops help to smooth the surface of the cornea, but there is only so much they can do. Conjunctival membranes are from a variety of sources! and they are neither common, nor regular! you best follow the advice of your ophthalmologist (not optometrist). ...Read more

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Does Photo-Therapeutic Keratectomy surgery fully remove scars from the cornea? Will my cornea look normal again after surgery?

PTK is successful: PTK is a laser treatment to remove scars on the surface of the cornea....It has been very successful but has limitations...Keep us posted.. Dr.Sibley ...Read more

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Is there a contact that will minimize a scar on my cornea bad eye injury I have a white scar where it healed

Is there a contact that will minimize a scar on my cornea bad eye injury I have a white scar where it healed

Contact : Contact lenses do not permanently change the shape or structure of the eye since they merely float on the tear film of the cornea thus it is not possible to change or remove a corneal scar with them. A surgical procedure would be needed to do that. ...Read more

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Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?

Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?

Depends: Cornea specialists are ophthalmologists, but not all ophthalmologists fit contact lenses. If you have a question about scar or its treatment, see an ophthalmologist. If you just want contacts, you can see ophthalmologists or optometrists for contact lens fitting. ...Read more

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19 years old with a cornea scar on my left eye, they offered surgery at age 4 but parents refused. I'm almost blind now, can they do the surgery now?

19 years old with a cornea scar on my left eye, they offered surgery at age 4 but parents refused. I'm almost blind now, can they do the surgery now?

Hi Marie, we: answered your question previously. Your best option is to see an ophthalmologist who can evaluate what to do with your amblyopic eye (the one that has a corneal scar) & to insure your 'good eye' rendering you monovision for now is always protected & has good vision.It's difficult when you're faced with having to determine what to do now with your eyes. Your eye doc will give you the best options. ...Read more

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I have cornea ulcer in my eye caused by pseudonomas. It left a scar on my cornea and i will have permanent blurred vision. What can I do to restore it?

I have cornea ulcer in my eye caused by pseudonomas. It left a scar on my cornea and i will have permanent blurred vision. What can I do to restore it?

Several options: I assume the infection was only on the surface so the interior of the eye is normal. Corneal scars can be dealt with in several ways. If the scarring is very superficial, a laser procedure called prk can remove this leaving the rest of the layers clear. If the scar is deeper, then a corneal transplantation can be done, removing the scar and putting on a donor. Discuss with a corneal specialist. ...Read more

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My cornea is scarred and its in tremendous pain. Will this be permanent or is there a way to fix it?

Maybe: Depend on what has caused ur problem, therr are many treatments available. You need to see a cornea specialist. ...Read more

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How often does keratitis cause scarring? I've heard that infections in your cornea leave scars. Is that always true, or is there a way to make sure it heals without scarring? .

How often does keratitis cause scarring? I've heard that infections in your cornea leave scars. Is that always true, or is there a way to make sure it heals without scarring?

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Steroid : Steroid eye drops can limit scaring in some situations. They should be used only after the infection is under control. A recent study showed no huge impact in the final visual performance when steroids were used or not used in the treatment of bacterial keratitis. The final "scar" and its impact on vision is not realized until a person is 12-16 months out from and infection in my experience. The cornea has a remarkable ability to heal. Intense scars can clear some with time. Every case is different. The more central the scar, the greater its impact. ...Read more

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Blurred vision due to cornea infection. Treating with antiviral drops. What is the chance for the infection to leave scar for chronic blurred vision?

Blurred vision due to cornea infection. Treating with antiviral drops. What is the chance for the infection to leave scar for chronic blurred vision?

Depends: If this is your first infection you may not end up with scarring. Please continue to follow up with your eye md and take the medication as prescribed. Sometimes, despite the best treatment, you can end up with scarring that affects vision. Every time there is a recurrence the chance for scarring increases. ...Read more

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I have scar in the middle of my left cornea and I have lost almost 75% of my vision of left eye, as per my doctor it can be treated, please advise?

I have scar in the middle of my left cornea and I have lost almost 75% of my vision of left eye, as per my doctor it can be treated, please advise?

Probably: depending on the reason for the scar and its exact location, corneal surgery or even a corneal transplant can often be done. You need to try to find a good corneal surgeon and go for a consult ...Read more

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How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?

How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?

Few Options: Scars from Zoster can run deep, making removing them very difficult without damaging the rest of the cornea. Vision correcting surgery (LASIK,PRK, etc.) are not indicated nor useful for corneal scars. If the scar is not in the center of vision it is left alone; if it is severely affecting you, a corneal transplant may be the only option. ...Read more