Recurrent erosion syndrome

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Corneal Transplant

The cornea is the outer layer of the eye at the front of the eye, it helps to focus light rays onto the retina. When it is damaged it can become less transparent or its shape can change, this can prevent light reaching the retina which, in turn, distorts vision.

A cornea transplant (or keratoplasty) replaces all or part of a diseased or damaged cornea with healthy tissue from an organ donor. The aim of the operation may be to improve sight, relieve pain or treat severe infection or damage.​

Types of cornea transplant

There are three different types of transplant, the one which is opted for depends on which part of the cornea is damaged or how much of it needs replacing.

  • Penetrating keratoplasty (PK) - the entire cornea is replaced.
  • Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) - the outer and middle layers are replaced or reshaped.
  • Endothelial keratoplasty (EK) - the back layer is replaced.

Recurrent erosion syndrome

What is a recurrent corneal erosion?

Recurrent corneal erosion is a painful eye condition, although your eye heals after a few hours or days. A scratch on the surface of the eye causes it previously. The first injury heals, but is not right and the 'scratch' returns over the next months for no apparent reason.

Typically the condition starts when the surface of the eye is scratched. A patch of epithelium (the protective covering on the front of the eye) is scratched off leaving a bare patch of cornea. The cornea (front of the eye) has many nerves and this injury can feel really painful. The abrasion (scratch) heals and the pain goes. Without warning your eye starts to feel painful again just like the first injury. Again this injury heals, and your eye starts to feel comfortable again. Can you see the pattern?

If the patch of cornea, with the recurrent pain, is small your eye can heal after a short amount of time. A larger patch will take days to heal. 
You might not remember the original injury, yet suddenly you find yourself with a developing condition.

If this describes you, please do not hesitate to book in to see me. I am academically and medically experienced to manage this sub-specialty condition of the eye. I have years of experience in high-volume specialist eye units, across the UK, dealing with exactly this type of patient experience.

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