Patients who have been diagnosed with recurrent corneal erosion, or RCE, may be dealing with anything from mild irritation to significant pain and discomfort. This condition is caused by corneal epithelial defects that result from inadequate epithelial basement membrane adhesions. While some patients experience this condition in a way that is mild but tolerable, other patients will experience pain that can impact their daily quality of life.
The diagnosis of RCE
Encino, CA and West Hills, CA area patients who visit with Dr. David Aizuss in regards to discomfort of the eyes may be evaluated for recurrent corneal erosion. This condition is diagnosed based on information via a patient’s medical history and the clinical signs and symptoms present. Patients who have had previous cases of corneal trauma will also need to notify their doctor of these instances. Testing to diagnose this condition may include a physical examination, a detailed slit lamp examination, fluorescein staining, or adhesion tests.
Treatment of RCE
When patients have received a proper diagnosis of their condition, they then work with their doctor to determine the best course of treatment to relieve pain and reduce continued erosion. Treatment options may include:
- Topical NSAIDs for pain relief
- Topical antibiotics to reduce microbial keratitis risks
- Treatment of underlying conditions including blepharitis and MGD
- Topical steroids and doxycycline to prevent recurrences
- Topical ointments at bedtime to improve lubrication
- Hypertonic ointments to improve adhesion
- Use of bandage contact lenses
- Artificial tears for improved comfort
- Surgical intervention
What treatment is appropriate for me?
After a diagnosis of RCE, patients are encouraged to speak with Dr. David Aizuss to determine the best course of action for treatment. Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the condition and the problems that patients are experiencing. A patient who has recurring problems may also require a different treatment than a patient who is experiencing their first case of corneal erosion. Dr. Aizuss is particularly experienced with recurrent corneal erosion treatments as he has the condition himself and treated his mother for it for many years.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Aizuss today!
Patients who suspect they have recurrent corneal erosion, or have been diagnosed with the condition and are seeking a solution to their discomfort, are encouraged to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. David Aizuss and his team in West Hills, California. His practice can be reached by phone at (818) 346-8118 to request a visit at our West Hills office or at (818) 990-3623 for our Encino office.