What is it?

Recurrent corneal erosion refers to a disease that is characterized by the separation of the epithelial cells from each other due to poor adhesion to the basement membrane. It is typically diagnosed in people in their 30s-40s, and it is slightly more common in women. Corneal erosion is felt as a sharp pain in the morning. The exact cause for recurrent corneal erosion is not known but risk factors may include previous trauma to the cornea, diabetes, ocular rosacea, dry eye syndrome and a genetic condition known as epithelial basement membrane dystrophy.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include sudden onset of ocular pain, blurred vision, tearing and photophobia, typically upon awakening.


Recurrent corneal erosion diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and slit lamp examination.


Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and may include lubricant eye drops or ointment, and corneal surgeries.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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