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Erosion (recurrent, corneal)

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

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Minor corneal trauma may result in troublesome, recurrent symptoms of corneal pain and inflammation.

It appears that the newly regenerated epithelium is less stable and may be repeatedly shed. Typically, the pain is worst on opening the eyes in the morning and improves during the day.

Treatment includes:

  • a lubricating, non-steroid ointment at night
  • tear drops during the day
  • the removal of the unstable epithelium under local anaesthetic may be necessary

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