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Recurrent corneal erosion - External and Internal Eye
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Recurrent corneal erosion - External and Internal Eye

Contributors: Brandon D. Ayres MD, Christopher Rapuano MD, Harvey A. Brown MD, Sunir J. Garg MD, Lauren Patty Daskivich MD, MSHS
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Synopsis

Recurrent corneal erosion, or recurrent erosion syndrome, is a painful corneal condition where the epithelium spontaneously erodes leaving an epithelial defect. The erosion most commonly happens in the early morning when the patient first awakes and opens his or her eyes. Patients experience a sharp pain in the affected eye followed by a foreign body sensation, redness, photophobia, and tearing that may last from several minutes to hours. These episodes may occur with a daily, weekly, or random pattern. Patients with corneal dystrophies such as anterior basement membrane dystrophy (ABMD) or lattice corneal dystrophy are more prone to recurrent corneal erosions. Eyes that have had corneal trauma, such as an abrasion, are also prone to developing this condition in the area of the initial injury.

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ICD10CM:
H18.839 – Recurrent erosion of cornea, unspecified eye

SNOMEDCT:
2055003 – Recurrent corneal erosion

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Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

  • Corneal abrasion
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca syndrome
  • Corneal stromal dystrophy
  • Anterior basement dystrophy
  • Herpes simplex virus keratitis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Blepharitis / Meibomitis

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Last Updated:08/17/2021
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Recurrent corneal erosion - External and Internal Eye
A medical illustration showing key findings of Recurrent corneal erosion : Eye pain, Blurred vision, Photophobia, Recurring episodes or relapses, Unilateral distribution, Conjunctival injection, Excessive tearing
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