Recurrent Corneal Erosion (RCE)
RCE is not uncommon and can cause significant pain. It occurs when the superficial layer of cells of the cornea, the epithelium, is unable to properly adhere to the underlying membrane (known as Bowman’s membrane) and repeatedly separates at certain points across the cornea. Patients with RCE typically report a history of preceding trauma to the eye that has caused the weakening of cell adhesions, and will often wake with a sharp pain as they open their eyes, accompanied by tearing and light sensitivity. RCE may be treated with a variety of options including copious corneal lubrication or a protective contact lens. For more recalcitrant cases, the eye surgeon may perform a debridement, which involves removal of the entire layer of superficial epithelial corneal tissue in an effort to allow it to regrow with stronger adhesions to the underlying Bowman’s membrane or a laser procedure known as phototherapeutic keratectomy.
Fuch’s Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy
Fuch’s dystrophy is a condition in which the innermost layer of cells of the cornea, the endothelium, fail in their function of controlling the water content of the cornea. This results in swelling and haze building up in the cornea, causing vision to become blurry or cloudy. Many patients can have a very early form of Fuch’s dystrophy without noticing any changes to their vision. If the condition progresses, vision is noticed to be hazy in the morning, clearing later in the day; in later stages, vision remains blurry throughout the day. Milder cases may be controlled with eye drops or even a hairdryer blown at the eyes to reduce swelling of the cornea. For advanced cases with very poor vision from uncontrolled corneal swelling or scarring, the patient may be indicated for corneal transplantation.
Armadale Eye Clinic is equipped to offer corneal eye surgery to the Melbourne community for a variety of conditions. Our eye doctors are dedicated to providing Melbourne corneal surgery treatment that is safe, effective, and well-proven.
If your GP or optometrist believes you are experiencing a corneal condition, call Armadale Eye Clinic now.
Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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