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Cloudy Cornea Causes & Risks


Infection, injury, or inflammation of the eye are the most common causes of corneal opacity.

Risk Factors

The following factors increase your chance of developing corneal opacity. If you have any of these risk factors, tell your doctor:

  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Measles (when measles result in scarring/infection of the eye)
  • Foreign bodies striking the eye
  • Eye injury, whether from a force, such as a poke in the eye, or from a chemical agent
  • Herpes simplex virus (which can be transmitted to the eyes)
  • Other infections, including conjunctivitis or "pink eye"
  • Additionally, wearing contact lenses for a long period of time, especially overnight, can increase the risk of eye infections and, as a result, increase the chance of developing corneal opacity.

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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2024 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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