Can corneal disease be prevented?

The risk of infectious corneal disease caused by bacteria and viruses can be reduced by protecting the eye from injury and limiting physical contact with people who have contagious forms of conjunctivitis. Avoid sharing eye makeup, contact solution, lens cases, and eye drops with people who are infected. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds after contact with an infected person.

Although corneal disease resulting from hereditary factors, like dystrophies, cannot be prevented, vision can often be preserved through early detection and treatment.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/15/2015.


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