What is Cloudy Cornea?
The cornea is the window ‘glass’ at the front of the eye ball and it is normally transparent allowing light to enter the eye. Cloudy cornea occurs if the cornea has lost this transparency from various eye diseases. Cloudy Cornea is also known as Corneal Dystrophy.
What are the common causes of cloudy cornea in children?
Congenital corneal structure abnormalities include:
- Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy (CHED)
- Scleral cornea
- Peter’s anomaly
- Birth trauma
- Cornea infections (this is the most common cause of cloudy cornea in children)
- Advanced keratoconus
- Congenital glaucoma
What is the treatment for cloudy cornea in children?
The treatment of acloudy cornea is determined by the underlying cause. Various treatments can include treating the corneal infection (caused by viruses or bacteria) if present, to a corneal transplant for congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy or Peter’s anomaly. The child should follow the guidance of an ophthalmologist for accurate diagnosis and management of their condition.