Swelling of the cornea
I have been trying to find some information about corneal swelling, but I cannot seem to find much useful information. I thought I would post here about this experience, and see if anyone could help me out. I also hope that this will in some way help someone else.
I took my boys to the eye doctor a few days ago for an eye exam (my daughter will get her eyes examined soon, I did not forget her). My younger son wears glasses, and had been complaining his glasses were not strong enough. Just for good measure, I also had my older son get an exam, even though he does not have any problems with his vision. The eye doctor said his vision is better than 20/20. The problem is, the cornea in his right eye is swollen (he said it is the Stroma, the middle part of the cornea that is swollen). I was quite surprised. His eye does not bother him at all. He has not been rubbing it or anything.
The eye doctor asked if he has any skin conditions. I told him he had some eczema when he was a baby, but that was all, and he has not had any problem with that since he was a toddler. I thought maybe he out grew it or something. The doctor then explained to me that you never out grow eczema. I did not know this. Their pediatrician never explained that to me. (I feel kinda stupid, but at this point it doesn't matter) The eye doctor told me he believed the swelling of my sons cornea was because of the eczema.
I asked him what we are going to do about the problem. He said he was prescribing 2 eye drops. One for any itching, because he absolutely cannot rub his eye (he said no one should ever rub their eyes, as it can cause permanent damage), and another one that will hopefully make the swelling go away. He also said I have to bring him back in 30 days so he can check it.
Now, I did ask questions about this while I was there, and I received answers. Then after I got home and had some quiet time, I began to think more about this and ended up having a lot more questions.(I think that happens to everyone. I do not think anyone can possibly think of every question they have right then and there, especially when it is something unexpected that you never saw coming) I was really taken by surprise when he told me my sons cornea was swollen. I would not even had known there was any problem at all if I had not had his eyes examined.
The questions I have, are: Can corneal swelling cause permanent damage? What if the swelling does not go away with the eye drops? What is the next step?
I was taken by such surprise by this. I had no idea eczema could even affect the eyes like that. I want to make sure I do the right things, and ask the right questions when I take him back. Vision is so important. He will be 13 soon, and has a long life ahead of him and I want to do everything I can to make sure he has healthy eyes. What other kinds of questions should I ask?