Recurrent corneal erosion (RCE) is a condition that affects the outermost layer of the eye, known as the cornea. The cornea is responsible for protecting the eye and helping it focus. When the cornea is damaged, it can cause discomfort and affect vision.


RCE occurs when the cornea does not heal properly after an injury or trauma. The injury can be caused by something as simple as rubbing the eye or wearing contact lenses for too long. People who have had a previous eye injury, surgery, or have a genetic predisposition may be more likely to develop RCE.

Symptoms of RCE include eye pain, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Some people may also experience a gritty feeling in their eye, as if there is sand or dirt in the eye.


Treatment for RCE depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, eye drops may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. In more severe cases, a procedure called corneal debridement may be performed. During this procedure, the outer layer of the cornea is gently scraped away to allow for new growth.

For people with recurring RCE, a procedure called phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) may be recommended. During this procedure, a laser is used to remove a portion of the cornea. This can help to promote healing and prevent future episodes of RCE.

In some cases, a protective contact lens may be prescribed to help protect the cornea and prevent further injury. People with RCE should also take steps to protect their eyes, such as avoiding rubbing their eyes and wearing protective eyewear when participating in sports or other activities that could cause eye injury.

In addition to medical treatments, there are also some home remedies that may help to alleviate the symptoms of RCE. Applying a warm compress to the affected eye can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Using artificial tears can also help to keep the eye lubricated and reduce dryness.


If you think you may have RCE, it is important to see one of our eye doctors as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent further damage to the cornea and improve overall eye health.