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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
Ocular Herpes
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RESOURCES

American Academy of Ophthalmology
http://www.aao.org

National Eye Institute
http://www.nei.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Optometrists
http://www.opto.ca

Canadian Ophthalmological Society
http://www.eyesite.ca

 

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Ashaye AO, Oluleye TS. Pattern of corneal opacity in Ibadan, Nigeria. Ann of African Med. 2004;3:185-187. Available at: http://www.bioline.org.br/request?am04048 . Accessed August 1, 2013.


Mabey DCW, Solomon AW, Foster A. Trachoma. Lancet. 2003;362(9379):223-229.


Monino BJ. Inflammatory diseases of the peripheral cornea. Ophthalmol. 998;95(4): 463-472.


Rangel TR. Sectoral keratitis and uveitis. Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.uveitis.org/docs/dm/sectoral%5Fkeratitis.pdf . Accessed August 1, 2013.


Wong AL, Weissman BA, Mondino BJ. Bilateral corneal neovascularization and opacification associated with unmonitored contact lens wear. Am J Ophthalmol . 2003;136(5):957-958.

 

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