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 corneal dystrophy may be as simple as an 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 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.