vernal conjunctivitis


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ver·nal con·junc·ti·vi·tis

a chronic, bilateral conjunctival inflammation with photophobia and intense itching that recurs seasonally during warm weather; characterized in the palpebral form by cobblestone papillae in the upper palpebral conjunctiva and in the bulbar form by gelatinous nodules adjacent to the corneoscleral limbus.

vernal conjunctivitis

[vur′nəl]
Etymology: L, vernare, springlike, conjunctivus, connecting; Gk, itis, inflammation
a chronic, bilateral inflammation of the conjunctiva, thought to be allergic in origin, that occurs most frequently in men under 20 years of age during the spring and summer. The most common symptoms include intense itching and a crusting discharge. Topical corticosteroids may be applied, and desensitization to pollen may be helpful. Compare allergic conjunctivitis.

vernal conjunctivitis

Ophthalmology A seasonal–spring and summer–inflammation of the conjunctivae, largely attributed to allergies Clinical Itchy, watery eyes, photophobia, cobblestone-like changes under the eyelid, scarring around the limbus which, if it extends onto the cornea, may compromise vision. See Conjunctivitis.

ver·nal con·junc·ti·vi·tis

(vĕr'năl kŏn-jŭngk'ti-vī'tis)
A chronic, bilateral conjunctival inflammation with photophobia and intense itching that recurs seasonally during warm weather; characterized in the palpebral form by cobblestone papillae in the upper palpebral conjunctiva and in the bulbar form by gelatinous nodules adjacent to the corneoscleral limbus.
Synonym(s): spring conjunctivitis.

vernal conjunctivitis

An allergic form of inflammation of the CONJUNCTIVA probably caused by contact with spring pollens.
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Vernal conjunctivitis is often seen in young males and can be associated with asthma or eczema.
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