Corneal opacification; Corneal edema
A cloudy cornea is a loss of transparency of the cornea.
The cornea is normally a nearly invisible, clear structure covering the iris of the eye. Its two purposes are to transmit and focus the light entering the eye.
Causes of cloudy cornea include:
Clouding leads to varying degrees of vision loss.
Consult your health care provider. There is no appropriate home care.
Contact your health care provider if:
Note: It is appropriate to see an ophthalmologist for vision or eye problems. However, your primary health care provider may also be involved if a whole-body (systemic) disease is suspected.
The health care provider will examine your eyes and ask questions about your medical history.
Questions may include:
Tests may include:
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