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Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis Overview

Another name for Allergic Keratoconjunctivitis is Keratoconjunctivitis.

What is an keratoconjunctivitis?
A person with keratoconjunctivitis has inflammation of the conjunctiva and the cornea of the eye. The eye becomes red, swollen and painful. Keratoconjunctivitis may be caused by allergies or infections. With early treatment, most cases resolve completely.

What are the symptoms of keratoconjunctivitis?
Symptoms of keratoconjunctivitis include blurry vision, eye pain, eye redness, a hazy or cloudy cornea, increased sensitivity to light, conjunctival swelling, and eyelid swelling.

How does the doctor treat keratoconjunctivitis?
The treatment for keratoconjunctivitis depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for keratoconjunctivitis may include antibiotic eye drops, antibiotic ointment, cold compresses, and corticosteroid eye drops.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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