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Atopic keratoconjunctivitis

Pedram Hamrah, MD
Reza Dana, MD, MPH, MSc
Section Editor
Jonathan Trobe, MD
Deputy Editor
Anna M Feldweg, MD


Atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC) is a chronic, allergic ocular disease that occurs most often in adults with a history of atopic dermatitis (AD). Although less common than other forms of ocular allergy, AKC can cause severe damage to the ocular surface, leading to corneal scarring and vision loss if not treated properly.

The clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of AKC are reviewed here. Other forms of allergic ocular disease are discussed elsewhere:

(See "Allergic conjunctivitis: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis".)

(See "Vernal keratoconjunctivitis".)

(See "Giant papillary conjunctivitis".)


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