Diseases & Conditions


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Corneal Dystrophies


Synonyms of Corneal Dystrophies
  • Cornea Dystrophy

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Anterior Dystrophies
  • Posterior Dystrophies
  • Stromal Dystrophies


General Discussion
The corneal dystrophies comprise a group of inherited, usually progressive disorders affecting the cornea (outer clear layer of the eyeball). They are occasionally present at birth but more frequently appear during the teen years and progress throughout life. Most are transmitted as autosomal dominant disorders with the exception of macular corneal dystrophy which is transmitted as an autosomal recessive. The inborn error of metabolism in the tissues in and around the eye that causes the macular form of the disorder has been identified.
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Organizations related to Corneal Dystrophies
  • Cornea Research Foundation of America
    9002 North Meridian Street
    Indianapolis IN 46260
    Phone #: 317-844-5610
    800 #: 800-317-3937
    e-mail: elainevoci@cornea.org
    Home page: http://www.cornea.org
  • Corneal Dystrophy Foundation
    6066 McAbee Rd.
    San Jose CA 95120
    Phone #: 866-807-8965
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: exedir@cornealdystrophyfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.cornealdystrophyfoundation.org
  • Eye Bank Association of America
    1015 18th Street, NW
    Washington DC 20036
    Phone #: 202-775-4999
    800 #: --
    e-mail: info@restoresite.org
    Home page: http://www.restoresight.org
  • NIH/National Eye Institute
    Building 31 Rm 6A32
    Bethesda MD 20892-2510
    Phone #: 301-496-5248
    800 #: --
    e-mail: 2020@nei.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.nei.nih.gov/
  • National Association for Visually Handicapped
    22 West 21st Street
    New York NY 10010
    Phone #: 212-889-3141
    800 #: --
    e-mail: staff@navh.org
    Home page: http://www.navh.org



For a Complete Report

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