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Neurotrophic Keratopathy

What is Neurotrophic Keratopathy

  • NK is a degenerative disease characterized by decreased corneal sensitivity and poor corneal healing. This disorder makes the cornea sensitive to injury and decreases reflex tearing. Moreover, epithelial breakdown can lead to ulceration, infection, melting, and perforation.
    Typical characteristics of neurotrophic keratopathy are a decrease or loss in corneal sensitivity and poor ocular healing.

Causes of Neurotrophic Keratopathy

  • NK is caused by various diseases, such as herpetic keratitis, herpes zoster, chemical burn, diabetes, Hansen’s disease, etc.

Characteristics of Neurotrophic Keratopathy

  • The characteristics of neurotrophic keratopathy can be mainly divided to 3 disease stages.