• What Causes Corneal Vascularization?


    Question:

    I have corneal vascularization and have never worn contacts. What are other possible causes? What are the treatment options?


    Answer:

    Corneal neovascularization (new blood vessels growing onto the cornea) is most commonly caused by contact lenses. Other common causes include an inflammation of the eyelids, called blepharitis, or a localized skin condition, called rosacea. Other causes include specific infections such as herpes simplex—the cold sore virus. The treatment options vary based on the cause. Your best option is to see your ophthalmologist to determine a specific cause, which will lead to treatment.


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