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.
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Recurrent corneal erosion (RCE)

Repeated erosion of the cornea. May be a result of inadequate healing of a previous abrasion.
Mentioned in: Corneal 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.
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Choi, "Application of umbilical cord serum eyedrops for recurrent corneal erosions," Cornea, vol.
* Recurrence of the primary pathology--for example, corneal dystrophy (Reis Buckler) and recurrent corneal erosion. (5)
* Smooth base created for corneal re-epithelialisation useful in recurrent corneal erosions
Table 1 Indications for PTK Epithelial Recurrent corneal erosions (see Figure 3, page 69), band-shaped keratopathy, bullous keratopathy, persistent epithelial defects Corneal dystrophies EBMD (see Figure 1), Reis-Bucklers, granular, lattice, Schnyder crystalline stromal dystrophy (see Figure 2, page 68), recurrence of dystrophy on graft after Keratoplasty Superficial corneal scars Post-traumatic, post-surgical, post-bacterial keratitis Irregular corneal surface Salzmann's nodular degeneration, post-pterygium removal, band keratopathy, proud nebulae in keratoconus
Although recurrent corneal erosion syndrome is a well-known disorder of the corneal epithelium, research concerning the aetiology and best treatment is ongoing.
To be able to obtain relevant history when presented with cases of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome (Group 1.1.2)
To be able to use appropriate slit lamp methods to recognise the signs of recurrent corneal erosion syndrome (Group 3.1.2)
Patients presenting with corneal ectasia (for example keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration), corneal dystrophies (for example epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy), recurrent corneal erosions, corneal hypoaesthesia, active corneal inflammation or active corneal infection are regarded as unsuitable candidates.
(3) Complications common to both procedures may include over- and under-correction of refractive error, irregular astigmatism, visual aberrations, dry eyes, sterile corneal infiltrates, infectious keratitis and recurrent corneal erosions. The following case studies describe typical examples of the presentation and management of such complications.
A common association is recurrent corneal erosions, which occur with pain, lacrimation, polyplopia and blurred/reduced vision.
However, there may be mild reduction in vision with associated glare and photophobia, while recurrent corneal erosions may also occur on occasion.
(36) Keratopathy including recurrent corneal erosions (Figure 2), (37) punctate keratitis (Figure 3), (38,39) and regular corneal epithelial defects can be present.

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