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Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Band keratopathy

Contributor: Meagan Seay, DO and Nasreen Syed, MD

Band Keratopathy

Calcium appears as basophilic granules on H&E stain. Calcium is deposited in Bowman layer and superficial stroma in band keratopathy.

Band keratopathy

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Cornea

band keratopathy

This is a chronically inflamed eye with a cataracta complicata and a chronic, smouldering uveitis. Band keratopathy occurs commonly in such eyes.

More advanced bandshaped keratopathy

More advanced bandshaped keratopathy OD

This photo shows a more advanced stage of bandshaped keratopathy with incipient calcium deposits. Bandshaped keratopathy most frequently occurs in eyes with longstanding intraocular inflammation. The patient is from the Himalayan hill country and demonstrates an epicanthal fold characteristic of India's Mongoloid population.

bandshaped keratopathy

In chronically inflamed eyes, calcium deposition is common beneath the corneal epithelium. The photo shows a classic example of bandshaped keratopathy in an eye whose vision potential has been completely destroyed by intraocular inflammation and keratitis with leukomatous scarring.


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last updated: 6/19/2013
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