• What causes calcification on the cornea?


    Question:

    What causes calcification on the cornea? If I get it removed, can it come back?


    Answer:

    Band keratopathy is the buildup of calcium in the cornea. It has many causes, but the most common is chronic ocular inflammation. It can be removed surgically with EDTA chelation therapy. The cornea is treated with a special liquid solution (EDTA), that chelates (binds) with the calcium deposits, which are then removed. However, it frequently comes back, in which case the chelation therapy can be repeated.

    Other ways to relieve symptoms include viscous lubrication drops or a bandage contact lens.


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