To (Pre)Serve and Protect
How can cryopreserved amniotic membrane (CAM) help herpetic keratitis patients?
Marjan Farid | | Longer Read
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be the most difficult corneal infectious disease to diagnose and manage despite its prevalence: at least 90 percent of the world’s population is infected with latent HSV-1 by the age of 60 (1). Herpetic keratitis (HK) is surprisingly common – in fact, it is the leading cause of corneal disease and blindness in humans worldwide (1). HSV keratitis is recurrent and, if not treated effectively and in a timely manner, can result in corneal nerve damage, which could lead to neurotrophic keratopathy with persistent epithelial defects. Untreated HSV keratitis can also contribute to the development of corneal scarring, corneal melting, potential corneal perforation, and permanent vision loss (2).
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