Table of ContentsDefinition / general
Cite this page: Pernick, N. Cornea: keratomalacia . PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyecorneakeratomalacia.html. Accessed December 9th, 2018.
Definition / general
- Severe form of Vitamin A deficiency with diffuse, severe keratinization of mucous membrane epithelia, including corneal and conjunctiva epithelia (xerophthalmia)
- Leading cause of blindness in developing world
- Associated with secondary bacterial infection, corneal ulceration / necrosis, which causes corneal perforation and panophthalmitis