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ICD-10 code: H18.42

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding Band Keratopathy

Band keratopathy is a condition that affects the cornea, the transparent layer at the front of the eye. It is characterized by the formation of a white or grayish band across the cornea, which can cause vision impairment and discomfort. Band keratopathy is most commonly seen in older individuals, and is often associated with certain medical conditions such as chronic kidney disease or hypercalcemia.

  1. Causes of Band Keratopathy
  2. Band keratopathy is caused by the deposition of calcium salts in the cornea. This can occur as a result of a number of different conditions, including:

    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Hypercalcemia
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Gout
    • Vitamin D intoxication
  3. Symptoms of Band Keratopathy
  4. The most common symptoms of band keratopathy include:

    • A white or grayish band across the cornea
    • Blurred or distorted vision
    • Eye discomfort or pain
    • Increased sensitivity to light
  5. Treatment for Band Keratopathy
  6. Treatment for band keratopathy depends on the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, the condition may improve on its own without treatment. However, in other cases, treatment may be necessary to alleviate symptoms and prevent further damage to the cornea.

    Treatment options may include:

    • Topical medications, such as chelating agents or corticosteroids
    • Laser therapy
    • Surgery, such as corneal scraping or transplantation
  7. Preventing Band Keratopathy
  8. There are several steps individuals can take to help prevent band keratopathy:

    • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly
    • Manage medical conditions that may increase the risk of band keratopathy, such as chronic kidney disease
    • Protect the eyes from injury and trauma
    • Seek prompt treatment for any eye infections or injuries

If you are experiencing symptoms of band keratopathy, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. Your eye doctor can perform a thorough examination and recommend appropriate treatment