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Corneal Opacity

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by Stresing D

(Corneal Opacification; Cloudy Cornea)


Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing corneal opacity:
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Measles—when measles result in scarring/infection of the eye
  • Foreign bodies striking the eye
  • Eye injury, whether from a force, such as a poke in the eye, or from a chemical agent
  • Herpes simplex virus—which can be transmitted to the eyes
  • Other infections, including conjunctivitis
  • Wearing contact lenses for a long period of time, especially overnight, can increase the risk of eye infections and also the chance of developing corneal opacity.
  • Keratoconus
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Congenital corneal abnormalities
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