(Corneal Opacification; Cloudy Cornea)
- 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 or "pink eye"
- Additionally, wearing contact lenses for a long period of time, especially overnight, can increase the risk of eye infections and, as a result, increase the chance of developing corneal opacity.
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- Vision decrease or loss
- Pain in the eye or feeling like there is “something in your eye”
- Eye redness or light sensitivity
- Area on the eye that appears cloudy, milky, or is not completely transparent
- Eye drops containing antibiotics, steroids, or both
- Oral medications
- Take care to avoid injuring the eye. Wear eye protection during any potentially dangerous activity. Make sure the safety goggles are worn tight against the face, otherwise a foreign body can fly up under the goggles and injure the eye.
- Take proper care of contact lenses, and follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding wear and cleaning.
- See your doctor immediately if you suspect you have an eye infection, including conjunctivitis (pink eye), if you injured your eye, or if you develop any pain or change in vision.
American Academy of Ophthalmology http://www.aao.org
National Eye Institute http://www.nei.nih.gov
The Cornea Research Foundation of America http://www.cornea.org/
Canadian Association of Optometrists http://www.opto.ca/
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.eyesite.ca
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- Reviewer: Eric L. Berman, MD
- Update Date: 09/01/2011 -