A cloudy cornea is a loss of transparency of the cornea.
Alternative NamesCorneal opacification; Corneal edema
The cornea is normally a nearly invisible, transparent structure covering the iris of the eye. Its two purposes are to transmit and focus the light entering the eye. Certain metabolic diseases, trauma, infectious diseases, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental situations may cause clouding of the cornea. Clouding results in varying degrees of visual loss.
Consult your health care provider. There is no appropriate home care.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Note: It is appropriate to see an ophthalmologist for vision or eye problems. However, the primary health care provider may also be involved if a systemic disease is suspected.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
The doctor will take a medical history and examine your eyes.
Medical history questions documenting cloudy cornea in detail may include:
Physical examination will include thorough examination of the eyes and vision.
Diagnostic tests may include:
After seeing your health care provider:
You may want to add a diagnosis related to cloudy cornea to your personal medical record.
Review Date: 11/14/2005
Reviewed By: Edward B. Feinberg, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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