Recurrent Cornea Erosion Syndrome

Recurrent Cornea Erosion Syndrome is a condition that results from poor healing of a previous cornea abrasion or scratch.  It can also occur as a result of an inherited cornea problem or cornea dystrophy.  During the recovery from a cornea abrasion the “skin” of the eye, the epithelium, heals and covers the defect again.  The skin of the eye in most cases is secured very tightly to the underlying cornea tissue. However, in some cases, this new skin is loose and does not anchor itself properly to the tissue underneath.  These individuals are prone to have this tissue rip or break open (usually in the middle of the night) causing pain, tearing, and light sensitivity.  Recurrent Erosion Syndrome is often treated with lubricating drops, special concentrated saline, and soft contact lenses successfully.  However, some cases will require surgical interventions requiring a therapeutic laser.