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Does Dry Eye Cause Filamentary Keratitis?

March 21, 2018 1 min read

Filamentary KeratitisĀ 

My ophthalmologist told me I have filaments on my cornea and removed them. He told me I have filamentary keratitis. Does dry eye cause this? I have had dry eye issues for about five to six years.

The definition of filamentary keratitis is dry eye. That is essentially what it is. Usually, when I see filaments and we get to that stage we remove them, of course, but I usually jump right to steroids and Restasis. We do everything that we talk about as far as the natural approach. Look at diet, look at lifestyle, look at environment and then hydration and exercise. Make sure all that is in check.

Usually, when I see filaments I jump right into the steroids route because you have so much inflammation that you are starting to get these little mucus strands coming out of your eye. It is definitely more of a severe dry eye. If you are dealing with that, dry eye definitely causes that. I assume he probably put you on some type of pharmaceutical eye drop after he took those off. He may not have, but definitely caused by dry eye.Ā Ā 

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