Corneal Dystrophy Thiel Behnke Type

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Thiel-Behnke corneal dystrophy is a rare disorder that affects the outermost layer of the cornea, the clear covering of the eye. It is caused by a genetic mutation and is characterized by clouding and damage of the cornea resulting in vision loss within the first two decades of life. The damage may cause discomfort and pain in the eyes. This condition can be treated with surgery and corneal transplants. It is an autosomal dominant disorder meaning that if either or both of the parents has the condition, then there is at least a 50% chance that the child will develop this condition as well.

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