Thygeson's Superficial Punctate Keratitis, or TSPK, is a type of inflammation of the cornea that causes a scattered loss of epithelial cells across the surface of the cornea. It can be caused by various factors including abrasions, chemicals, or overuse of contacts. The damage can occur anywhere on the cornea, but most often centrally.
The most common individual suffering from TSPK is under the age of 40. At the exam, the doctor will observe your eyes for multiple white or opaque lesions in the epithelial of the cornea, which is its main defining characteristic. While there is often no residual scarring and very rarely permanent vision loss, it is important to see a doctor for treatment in order to properly heal. Therapeutic corticosteroids (or steroid eye drops) are available to relieve symptoms as well as a soft, bandage contact lens to protect the eye.
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment at Beverly Hills Optometry (www.bheyeguy.com) today!