Corneal dystrophy Avellino type
Other Names for this Disease
- Avellino corneal dystrophy
- Combined granular-lattice corneal dystrophies
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There is no cure for this condition and treatment usually focuses on alleviating symptoms, especially when vision becomes significantly impaired. Penetrating keratoplasty, which is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased cornea is entirely replaced by donated corneal tissue (graft), can improve vision at least temporarily but deposits tend to recur. LASIK eye surgery has been reported to exacerbate the number and density of the eye opacities. Patients treated with phototherapeutic keratectomy (PRK), which is a surgical procedure that uses a laser to remove tissue from the cornea, may do better and can retain corneal clarity for a decade or more.
Last updated: 4/7/2011
- Corneal dystrophy, Avellino type. Online Mendelian Inheritance of Man (OMIM). June 2009; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim/607541. Accessed 4/6/2011.
- Han KE, Kim T et al.. Eye & Contact Lens. 2010; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20724852. Accessed 4/6/2011.
- Corneal dystrophy, Avellino type. Hereditary Ocular Disease. The University of Arizona. http://disorders.eyes.arizona.edu/disorders/corneal-dystrophy-avellino-type. Accessed 4/6/2011.
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