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Corneal Opacities: Eye Disorders That Can Cause Vision Loss

Other Conditions That Cause Corneal Opacities

Other eye problems and disorders can also lead to corneal opacity, including:

  • Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome, a condition that affects both the iris and cornea, usually only in one eye. It also causes glaucoma, which can be treated with medication.
  • Pterygium, a red vascular growth of tissue on the cornea.
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a skin disorder that also can affect the eyes.

Preventing Corneal Opacities

Although corneal opacities have many causes, there are a few things you can do to help prevent damage to your cornea:

Wear protective eyewear. Protect your eyes with goggles or safety glasses during activities that can cause eye injury. This includes using power tools, chopping wood, or handling chemicals. Also be sure to wear sunglasses when spending time outdoors. Make sure your children also wear sunglasses.

Use contact lenses correctly. Follow your eye doctor's instructions for properly handling, storing, and disinfecting soft contact lenses.

Have regular eye exams. Many eye conditions can be detected early, before symptoms develop. Also be sure to see your eye doctor right away if you injure your eye or develop any unusual eye symptoms or vision problems.

Know your family history for eye diseases. Because corneal dystrophies are hereditary, you may be at risk if someone in your family has eye disease.


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Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler, MD on November 05, 2013

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