Bullous keratopathy is a blister-like
swelling of the cornea
of the eye
due to the endothelium of the cornea failing to function normally - resulting
in swelling due to the accumulation of excessive fluid and blisters on
the cornea causing blurring of vision.
(That this term concerns the cornea of the eye is indicated by the
prefix "kerato-" which refers to the cornea
of the eye, and is also applied to other terms in this section - listed
on the left).
Bullous keratopathy is described by some sources as
"water-logging" of the cornea because its effects are due to
the accumulation of excessive fluid.
Bullous keratopathy is most common in older people but
may occasionally occur after eye surgery, such as cataract
Bullous keratopathy is sometimes associated with the
hereditary condition Fuchs'
endothelial dystrophy, which can lead to bullous keratopathy.
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