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corneal erosion

corneal erosion

Postby faun » Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:22 am

hello Dr Feldman,

I have been suffering from recurrent corneal degradation for the last year. The injury that possible is the cause of all this is a paper cut (the year before) which caused a corneal abrasion.

I've been doing some research and will be seeing a specialist today - just wanted to know your thoughts on laser surgery to correct this?
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corneal erosion

Postby DrFeldman » Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:22 pm

Dear Faun,

Recurrent corneal erosion is a condition caused by an initial injury such as fingernail or with branch, or may be due to an abnormality of the membrane responsible for attaching the epithelial cells [outer layer] of the front surface of the eye. There are a number of different treatments including the use of salt drops to remove water from the cornea, ointment, and a few different surgical treatments including superficial epithelial keratectomy, anterior stromal puncture or excimer phototherapeutic keratectomy.

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Postby faun » Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:08 pm

Thank you for your response.

I've had about 3 bouts since my last post last time it was 4mmx4mm(every time i blinked it got larger) the abrasion itself is right in the middle (were the pupil is). I am waiting to get in for superficial epithelial keratectomy. It is believed that it is an abnormality of the membrane.

I use the salt water drops (during day) and ointment(nightly)

I have another question - regarding sensation. With this condition is it normal to have a sensation of a blister or "thickness" on the eye? don't know if i worded that correctly but can not really explain. Like there is something on my eye itself. this has only started in the last week or so. vision i don't think is affected, but i haven't been seeing very well anyway even after it heals.

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corneal erosion

Postby DrFeldman » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:35 am

Dear Faun,
I would definitely recommend that you undergo a surgical procedure to reduce the recurrence. The foreign body sensation that you are experiencing is a result of the elevated surface of the eye and the underlying abnormality.

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Postby faun » Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:30 am

I had excimer phototherapeutic keratectomy done on the 22 May and was healing well, yesterday at 4am i woke up with pain and decrease vision in my lt eye. I've epithelial defect it is quite large area - i've a bandage contact on now. My question is: is this caused by the surgery and just something that happen and there will be no recurrence or is this an the same underlying problem (recurrent corneal degradation)? if it is the same underlying problem would another surgery be indicated?
Thank you for your time.

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Re: corneal erosion

Postby hanny102 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:03 pm

1DwBUtsaRecurrent Corneal Erosion – How it destroyed my life and How I cured it

In June 2009, I woke up with my first RCE episode in my left eye (pain was about a 5, on a scale of 1-10). The doctor said it was caused by a foreign object. A few days later, still in pain, another doctor scraped the surface of my eye. A month later, there was another abrasion. The doctor put a bandage lens in. I told him that contact lenses tended to bother me and he said I could remove it myself if I had any discomfort. A few days later, my eye was irritated, and I removed the lens as he’d instructed…. along with the entire surface of my cornea (on a scale of 1-10, this pain was 50). I was sent to a corneal specialist who did the stromal puncture. I spent the next 5 days on vicoden, in bed, waiting for the eye to heal, periodically shrieking. There are NO WORDS to describe the physical and emotional trauma.

As the doctors instructed, I began a nightly regimen of Muro 128 and kept the eye lubricated with drops. I taught myself to never touch my eye and slept with a humidifier. The abrasions continued every 2-6 weeks in my left eye, usually on a pain scale of 3-4, but sometimes as bad as an 8-9. I had the Stromal Puncture repeatedly. I missed countless days of work, social engagements, and had to give up activities I loved like surfing. Then I started getting them in my Right eye! I asked the corneal specialist why, since I thought the tear in my left eye was caused by a foreign object? “You were probably just born this way”, he said and then recommended the PTK surgery. I was hesitant, as I’d read several online posts from others who’d said the surgery had made their RCE worse. I got a 2nd opinion, but I was still hesitant.

Since the waiting time for a PTK surgery appointment was many months anyway, I made an appointment with Mark Mincolla, a nutritional health therapist recommended by a family member. He met with me and I explained the condition. He proceeded to ‘muscle test’ me (see below for a link explaining this). He then gave me a list of foods I needed to remove from my diet (including dairy, sugar, moldy veges like mushrooms, vinegar, wheat, and most nuts). He said he felt that the problem was caused by a build-up of yeast and bacteria in my sinuses behind my eyes that was causing degradation to my body, and thus, abrasions. Removing these foods would stop the continuation of the infectious build-up.

He had me take natural daily supplements (Kold Kare, Monolauren, and Colloidal Silver drops in my eyes), which are necessary to knock out the build-up already in there. In addition, he muscle tested me on the ointments and drops I had been using and found that both Muro 128 drops and ointment were not good for me. Instead, he had me start using “can-c” eye drops to lubricate my eyes.

He was asking a lot of me, but I was DESPERATE to stop the feeling of razor blades in my eyes and willing to try anything before risking PTK.I followed his instructions from that day onward, only cheating on the diet occasionally and discontinued the use of Muro 128. The first month, I had some soreness in the sides of my eyeballs (not where the abrasions are). Mark told me that yeast doesn’t die quietly and that this was likely a symptom of them clearing out.

Since then, I’ve had roughly 1 minor abrasion per month (about a 1 on the pain scale) so nothing that prevents me from enjoying my life. I was skeptical at first, but after nearly 5 months of 99% relief, I truly feel like I have woken up from a nightmare. The food sacrifices are minimal compared to what I’ve gained back (my life)…and they are not permanent. In time, I will be able to integrate some foods back in moderation. If you want more information about the methods I used to heal my eyes, below are some links to check out.

I wish healing to all.
To Contact Mark Mincolla for an appointment or referral:
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Re: corneal erosion

Postby faun » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:21 pm

DEar Hanny
I am soo happy that you have resovled your issues.
I have not had any more issues since the last surgery - some dry eyes which I use refresh drops.
My problems were caused by a papercut at first and the issues with the PKR i think was that the doctor was to conservative - I am very happy and do not have any diet restrictions I only have to drink more fluids - which most people should anyway.
thank you for your story and it is like living a walking nightmare having this happen.
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Re: corneal erosion

Postby bishop24 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:51 am

Please read if you suffer as I did with Reoccuring corneal erosion.
For 5 years my eyes would get ripped apart every 3-4 night, I tried everything from muro 128 to antibiotics. I was at a loss believe me. The erosions were not only painful but made my vision god awful for days. I thought to myself how can I have them in both eyes if it were truly an injury which cause it.
***The cure** I stopped taking LUNESTA and AMBIEN sleep medicines. I took these for 5 years never in a wildest of dreams to think wow could these be the cause. So day 1 no erosion..big deal I thought I've gone a day before then day2-7...NO erosions. Wow thats a record for me right there I thought but not out of the woods yet. Days 7-21 Nothing eyes feel Fricking great. Never have they been this clear and free of pain. Never in 5 years. The problems you have may be some injury it might be, but if you have it in both eyes then think about what medicines you might be on and stop them, one by one stop them. If this helped even one person let me know. My bet is that it does.
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