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Vernal Keratonconjunctivitis

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NORD is very grateful to Stefano Bonini, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Rome Campus BioMedico, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Vernal Keratonconjunctivitis

  • Spring Ophthalmia
  • VKC

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a chronic, non-contagious allergic disorder with seasonal recurrences usually appearing during the spring or warm weather. VKC is caused by a hypersensitivity to airborne-allergens. It usually affects younger members of the population, ages 3-25 and most patients are males. Major symptoms include itching, sensitivity to light (photophobia) and redness. Signs consist of inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the inside of the eyelid (conjunctiva) and the outer coat of the eyeball (sclera); hard, cobblestone-like bumps (papillae) on the upper eyelid; and stringy or mucous discharge.

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