Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis

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Definition

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis is the recurrent, bilateral, interstitial inflammation of the conjunctive that occurs more frequently in warm or dry climates.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by history of chronic eczema, asthma or allergies in association with characteristic eye finding (Loewenstein, J., Lee S. (2003) Opthalmology: Just the Facts, p. 111).

Treatment

Treatment includes Ocular Cromolyn which is said to give beneficial effects within one week of initiating therapy. Nedocromil is also administered (Lieberman,Anderson and John (2006). Allergic Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment, p. 374)

Symptoms and Signs

Severe itching, tearing, burning, mucoid discharge and photopobia may occur perennially but are characteristically worse during spring and summer months.

Causes

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis usually considered to be due to allergens

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