Additional Corneal Treatments Santa Rosa, CA
Recurrent Corneal Erosion
Patients with frequent early morning pain and photophobia may have a condition called a recurrent corneal erosion. These sudden spasms of pain and tearing are caused by a break in the corneal epithelial barrier. The cause can be an old injury such as a poke from a baby’s finger or the cause may be an inherited dystrophy. The treatment is usually conservative at first. If the pain persists, the cornea can be treated with various office-based procedures to eliminate the opening of the corneal surface epithelium.
Corneal Basement Membrane Degeneration
A cause of mild to moderate visual blurring in patients over 65 years of age is a thickening or degeneration of the corneal basement membrane. The uneven basement membrane thickness can cause visual symptoms if it occurs over a part of the visual axis. The condition is subtle and often escapes detection at first. Once detected, it can be easily removed in the office with scraping and the use of a rotating battery-powered micro-brush. The visual improvement can be dramatic if the degeneration bisects the visual axis of the patient.