Corneal Erosion – The Treatment And Symptoms
Ever woken up in the morning and felt as though your eyes were not only dry, but also light sensitive, sore or worse, painful? Did you feel like they were constantly tearing? Did your eyes feel like you had sand or grit in them? Now think – have you ever suffered from headaches or blurred vision during this discomfort? If you answered yes to more than two of these questions, then you may have experienced a corneal erosion.
Symptoms Of Corneal Erosion
The cornea is the eye’s most outer part layer and acts as a protective dome-shaped surface which covers the front of the eye. Corneal erosion is when the epithelium layer of the cornea wears away and in most cases, it occurs spontaneously. It is often regarded as one of the most common and neglected ocular disorders and symptoms are similar to those of a corneal abrasion: the feeling of something in your eye, pain and soreness of the eye, redness of the eye, sensitivity to light, tearing and blurred vision.
Treatment Of Corneal Erosions
Treatment is often straightforward varying from lubricating drops, topical ointment or using a therapeutic contact lens (TCL) which reduces the pain and encourages healing. In cases where the corneal erosions are recurrent, minor surgery of the corneal surface may be necessary.
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Recurrent corneal erosion (RCE) occurs when the epithelium (the outermost layer of the cornea) is not being properly anchored to the next layers of the cornea. Further treatment may be needed and a few options include:
- Performing a procedure called anterior stromal puncture. This involves making tiny holes on the surface of the cornea to promote stronger attachments between the top layer of corneal cells and the layer of the cornea underneath;
- Gentle removal of the damaged epithelium (the outermost layer of the cornea);
- Removal of a small layer of corneal cells using a laser.
Laser Eye Surgery As A Solution
Another option could be to consider Laser Eye Surgery as using the laser appears to be the minimally invasive and long-term effective therapy for RCE. Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) involves the surgical laser treatment of the cornea to selectively ablate cells on the surface layer of the cornea. PTK can sometimes be used with photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) treatment to treat any scarring as well as to correct a refractive error.
At the London Vision Clinic we do not primarily provide treatment for RCE. However, if a patient was looking into refractive surgery and showed symptoms of RCE, through our vigorous screening process and thorough analysis of each patient’s case, we will be able to identify these patients and provide advice based on our findings. We also provide continuous aftercare and monitoring which is another reason for you to consider treatment with us.
The fee for PRK surgery at the London Vision Clinic is £5,200 (for both eyes) for a Standard or Laser Blended Vision treatment and £6,500 (for both eyes) for a High Profile treatment. Our fees include everything you will need for a successful Laser Eye Surgery procedure and all of our treatments can be made affordable with interest-free finance and no payments for up to 12 months.