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Understanding Corneal Disease

Corneal Disease Fargo, NDPatients who want to maintain their eye health are encouraged to routinely visit their doctor for premier eye care at Thom Eye and Laser Clinic. Dr. Steve Thom and his providers offer Fargo, ND patients a variety of services to ensure proper health and improved vision. One condition that many patients need to educate themselves on is that of corneal disease.

What causes corneal disease?

Corneal disease can be a result of many different factors and causes, including, but not limited to:

  • Trauma
  • Infections
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Dystrophies
  • Degenerative corneal disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Allergies
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Growths
  • Keratoconus
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Additionally, the cornea may be damaged secondarily due to other common eye conditions such as dry eye, eyelid disorders, and glaucoma. Knowing your risk of corneal disease will help you understand the circumstances around their development.

What are the signs of corneal disease?

Any problem with the cornea should be evaluated as soon as possible by an eye doctor. This includes any of these symptoms, which may be indicative of a corneal disease:

  • Redness around the cornea
  • Clouding vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Severe eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

Some of these symptoms may be like to other medical conditions, but a visit to the ophthalmologist is the first step in learning more. Patients can have their eyes evaluated to determine if corneal disease is a factor. If a diagnosis is unfounded, Dr. Steve Thom may recommend the patient visit their primary doctor for further evaluation to determine the medical cause of their symptoms.

What treatments are available for corneal disease?

Treatment for corneal disease is designed and planned based on the individual’s unique situation. Treatment may include one or more of the following:

  • Laser therapies
  • Surgical intervention
  • Oral medications
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory steroid eye drops
  • Bandage contact lenses for abrasions
  • Specialized contact lenses
  • Treatment of the underlying disease contributing

Request an appointment today

Patients in the area of Fargo, ND are welcome to call (701) 235-5200 to schedule a visit with Dr. Steve Thom. The practice is located at 2601 University Drive S and accepts new patients seeking premier eye care.

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