Keratitis interstitial

What is Keratitis Interstitial?

Keratitis Interstitial (KTI) is a non-inflammatory form of eye disease characterized by the occurrence of flaky, scaly, and hard lesions on the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. These lesions, or plaques, can lead to vision impairment if left untreated. Keratitis Interstitial is most commonly found in people between the ages of 11 and 30, and is more common in males than females. Symptoms include blurred vision, dry eye, foreign body sensation, photophobia (sensitivity to light), eye pain, and in some cases, a tear duct fistula. KTI can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury or an infectious or autoimmune disease.

Symptoms of Keratitis Interstitial

The following symptoms may indicate a diagnosis of Keratitis Interstitial:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eye
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Eye pain
  • Tear duct fistula (in some cases)

Diagnosis of Keratitis Interstitial

Keratitis Interstitial can be diagnosed with a thorough patient history and eye exam. Your doctor may also order other tests such as a slit lamp exam, corneal ulcer cultures, and imaging tests such as fluorescein angiography or ophthalmoscopy to diagnose the cause of your condition. In some cases, a biopsy of the area may be necessary.

Treatments for Keratitis Interstitial

Treatment for Keratitis Interstitial is usually determined based on the underlying cause and severity of the condition. Depending on the cause, treatment may include antibiotics, antifungal medications, or steroid eye drops. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the affected areas. In any case, regular follow-up visits with your doctor are recommended in order to monitor the progress of your treatment.