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An Overview Of Avellino Corneal Dystrophy

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 by Dr. Thomas Marvelli

What is Avellino Corneal Dystrophy?

Avellino Corneal Dystrophy is an uncommon, yet treatable, genetic eye condition. It occurs as a result of a faulty gene that causes the center of the cornea to become opaque, making it difficult for a person to see properly.

This condition has varying degrees of impact. Some people only experience mild discomfort and/or minor vision loss, while others find themselves completely unable to see properly from the affected eye. Other common symptoms include increased light sensitivity and recurrent discomfort or pain.


A person who knows that Avellino Corneal Dystrophy runs in his or her family should have regular eye examinations. An eye specialist can often diagnose this condition during a routine eye exam. However, if there is any doubt as to the cause of a patient’s eye problems, a specialist will usually do either a slit lamp examination or molecular genetic tests.

Avellino Corneal Dystrophy Treatment

As was noted above, this particular form of corneal dystrophy is treatable. In mild cases, a person may simply need to wear tinted glassed and have regular eye examinations to ensure that the condition is not getting worse. An eye specialist may also prescribe eye drops or ointments to lessen any pain and/or discomfort.

Severe cases require more drastic forms of treatment. One treatment option is a corneal transplant. Eye surgery can still be an option also.

Even if a person has no symptoms, Avellino Corneal Dystrophy can be discovered using genetic testing. Getting tested is a must for people with a family history of this condition who are considering LASIK, because it could cause further damage if they do have this condition.

Dr. Marvelli is the first doctor in Texas to offer this genetic testing as a precursor to performing LASIK to find out if a person has Avellino Corneal Dystrophy.  Even those without any history of this condition should be tested as a precaution prior to having LASIK surgery.

Blurred vision occurs for many reasons, however, a person whose family has a genetic predisposition for Avellino Corneal Dystrophy will want to have an eye examination to see if he or she has this specific genetic condition. As with many types of eye problems, the sooner this condition is identified, the more effective and less invasive the treatment will be. Thankfully, in many cases a person is able to deal with this problem by wearing glasses and/or using eye drops on a regular basis. However, in instances where such measures fail to correct the problem, eye surgery will be needed.

 Those who need such surgery should choose a specialist such as Dr. Marvelli to ensure that the right procedure is performed and that it is as successful as it is meant to be. Contact the Marvel Eye Center today! 817-346-7333.

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