Cloudy cornea


A cloudy cornea is a loss of transparency of the cornea.

Alternative Names

Corneal opacification; Corneal edema


The cornea makes up the front wall of the eye. It is normally clear. It helps focus the light entering the eye.

Causes of cloudy cornea include:

Clouding may affect all or part of the cornea. It lleads to different amounts of vision loss. You may not have any symptoms in the early stages. 

Home Care

Consult your health care provider. There is no appropriate home care.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Contact your health care provider if:

Note: It is appropriate to see an ophthalmologist for vision or eye problems. However, your primary health care provider may also be involved if a whole-body (systemic) disease is suspected.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your doctor or nurse will examine your eyes and ask questions about your symptoms and medical history, such as:

Tests may include:


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Review Date: 9/18/2012
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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