Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis: A Teaching Case Report

Trinh Khuu, OD, FAAO
Aurora Denial, OD, FAAO


Abstract

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a relatively rare ocular disease that affects the cornea and the conjunctiva. Due to its chronic and potentially debilitating nature, early diagnosis and effective treatment are crucial. It strikes mostly children and early adolescents. Clinicians must understand the clinical signs, symptoms, and treatment alternatives to mitigate the disease progression. This teaching case report reviews the diagnosis, management, and treatment options for patients with VKC and demonstrates the importance of the clinician’s role in taking a careful case history and in modifying treatment throughout care.

Key Words: Vernal keratoconjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, giant papillary conjunctivitis, superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis


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