Hello, I was diagnosed with thygeson disease. I have a blurred vision in my right eye even though the "stains" are in both eyes. I visited cornea specialist and used corticosteroids for two months, after I was told to stop the blurred vision has come back again. After visiting him again I was told to apply two drops of corticosteroids in my right eye for two months and then one drop for two months, then stop applying. What is the chance of getting cataract or glaucoma during this period or thereafter? Do these corticosteroids treat the disease or just eliminate symptoms temporarily that will reappear again after four months? What would happen if I don't apply them? On some forums people with the same disease say they developed High eye pressure, so maybe it's not worth to take this risk...
Thygeson's cornea disease can be treated with corticosteroids or it can also be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops. It's thought to be an autoimmune condition possibly initiated by a viral infection. I believe there can be associated hearing loss (temporary?). Regarding steroid eyedrops: some people do develop high eye pressure and cataracts. These drops are not risk free, but if you are seeing your cornea specialist regularly, then these risks can be decreased.
Timothy D. McGarity, M.D.
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