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Alternative namesCorneal opacification; Corneal edema
DefinitionA cloudy cornea is a loss of transparency of the cornea.
ConsiderationsThe 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 .
Home CareConsult your health care provider. There is no appropriate home care.
Call your health care provider if
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.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting cloudy cornea in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests may include:
You may want to add a diagnosis related to cloudy cornea to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 1/19/2004Raymond S. Douglas, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Ophthalmology, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT