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What is the Best Treatment for Recurrent Corneal Erosion?

September 27, 2017 2 min read

Recurrent Corneal Erosion

What’s the Best Treatment for RCE ( Recurrent Corneal Erosion)?

Recurrent Corneal Erosion -It seems like a pretty good treatment with the prokera amniotic tissue. That’s a great treatment for Recurrent Corneal Erosion. I have never had a patient that I had to go that far with. What I usually do whenever somebody gets an abrasion or a scrape on their eye, I usually do a long term bandage contact lens with an anti-biotic drop to start out with. Then we do a course of a long term course of steroids with sometimes doxycycline. The long term bandage is going to really help. Then I will also add Muro 128 5% ointment at night time and you could order that through the pharmacy because it is an over the counter drop. Retain actually makes one too that is called Sochlor 5% ointment that you can get on Amazon. That is good once your RCE is healed, but you don’t want to use that before it is healed. If you have an active abrasion or a scrape on your eye you don’t want to use an ointment like that until it is healed first.

 The reason Recurrent Corneal Erosion do not heal and the reason why they reoccur is because you have five layers to your cornea and that top layer anchors down to the bottom layer.  When you slice the front of the cornea it is going to break those anchors and it takes two to three months to fully develop those again. You really want to protect that eye because at night time when you sleep your eyelid goes over your eye, it sticks to that area, and then you can pull it right back open. If you put an ointment between that barrier, or contact lens, or prokera, then it is going to help heal that tissue a lot faster. Prokera is great, but it does not really last two months, it usually last a week or so.

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