Corneal Dystrophy

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The corneal dystrophies are a group of progressive, corneal opacifying disorders which develop in the absence of inflammation. They typically present between ages 20-40 and are often seen in both eyes.

There are over 20 corneal dystrophies that affect all parts of the cornea. These diseases share many traits:

  • They are usually inherited.
  • They typically affect both the right and left eye.
  • They are not caused by outside factors, such as injury or diet.
  • Most progress gradually.
  • Most usually begin in one of the five corneal layers and may later spread to nearby layers.
  • Most do not affect other parts of the body, nor are they related to diseases affecting other parts of the eye or body.
  • Most can occur in otherwise totally healthy people.

Corneal dystrophies affect vision in widely differing ways. Some cause severe visual impairment, while a few cause no vision problems and are discovered during a routine eye examination. Other dystrophies may cause repeated episodes of pain without leading to permanent loss of vision. The treatment for a corneal dystrophy may be as simple as observation with routine eye examinations, artificial tears, or as involved as a corneal transplant, using corneal tissue from a human donor.

The best way to determine whether or not a corneal dystrophy is affecting your vision is by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at Bellevue LASIK & Cataract. Dr. Kent Leavitt is trained to identify and treat corneal dystrophy. Contact us today.