Band keratopathy sometimes occurs in people who have high levels of calcium in their bodies due to kidney disease or gout. Band keratopathy also occurs in people who have a chronic inflammatory condition.
Symptoms of band keratopathy include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Eye redness
- Foreign body sensation
Treating band keratopathy consists of a chemical treatment called chelation. Chelation involves the use of a chemical called ethylenediamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA) that takes the calcium out of the cornea. When chelation is not successful, an excimer laser has been succesful in removing the calcium and recreating a smooth corneal surface.