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Corneal erosion

Erosion of surface cells of the cornea (epithelium) caused by severe dry eye or trauma.


How do you know you have an erosion? Sudden increase of pain and light sensitivity are useful signs. If you suspect an erosion, it's a good idea to see the doctor.

In uncontrolled dry eye conditions, when the epithelium is fragile and the tear film poor, erosions are always a danger. Not merely failure to care for the eyes, but any adverse environment may place them at risk, such as air travel which notoriously dries the eyes. (Even my 2-year-old complaints of sore eyes after a transatlantic flight.)



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See also recurrent corneal erosions

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