- AS-A Glimpse into the Future: Whats Here and Whats on the Horizon in Ophthalmic Surgery
- AS-Clinical Review of Ocular Trauma: Diagnosis and Management
- AS-Corneal Ulcers Z to A (Zoster to Acanthamoeba)
- AS-Cosmetics and the Ocular Surface
- AS-IPL, DED, MGD, and other fun Acronyms
- AS-Nope, Thats Not Just Dry Eye: Other Corneal Diseases
- AS-The ABCs of Omega-3s for Dry Eye and More
- AS-The Diagnosis and Management of Corneal Dystrophies
- AS-The Oculoplastic Optometrist
AS-Corneal Manifestations of Systemic Disease
Assorted corneal findings can signal systemic disease. Many of these manifestations can bring attention to some serious, even potentially life threatening conditions. Practitioners faced with various clinical signs affecting the cornea are forced to make an appropriate differential diagnosis and apply adequate treatment including needed referrals to sub-specialties within medicine. A timely diagnosis can certainly minimize any corneal morbidity but even impact chances of mortality. Corneal findings can be classified into systemic causes that include metabolic disorders, immunologic/inflammatory conditions and infectious diseases. Generally, patients with any condition related to metabolic disturbance are asymptomatic. Unlike patients with metabolic disorders, patients who have an immunologic or inflammatory cause are often symptomatic with presenting corneal signs.
Joseph Shovlin, O.D.
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