Monday, August 22, 2016

What are the complications of exophthalmos

If left untreated, the eye lids may fail to close during sleep, resulting in corneal dryness and damage. If the cornea dries out too much there is risk of infection or ulcers, which can damage vision.

People with exophthalmos are more likely to develop conjunctivitis, and especially superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis, in which the area above the cornea becomes inflamed because of the friction that occurs when the patient blinks.

Some patients may experience compression of the optic nerve or ophthalmic artery, which can eventually affect the eyesight, and possibly lead to blindness.

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