recurrent corneal erosion
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re·cur·rent cor·ne·al e·ro·sion
repeated vesiculation followed by exfoliation of the corneal epithelium.
Recurrent corneal erosion (RCE)
Repeated erosion of the cornea. May be a result of inadequate healing of a previous abrasion.
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corneal erosion, recurrent
Periodic loss of some of the corneal epithelium, due to its detachment from the basement membrane. It may be the result of trauma (e.g. fingernail scratch) or of some corneal dystrophy. There is severe pain, redness, lacrimation and photophobia, typically upon awakening. Management usually begins with artificial teardrops and a lubricating ointment but the acute phase requires antibiotic ointment and pressure patching or a therapeutic soft contact lens or debridement. See desmosome; Cogan's microcystic epithelial dystrophy; lattice dystrophy; Reis-Buckler's dystrophy.