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OPHTHALMOLOGY PRACTICE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 145-148

Systematic approach to managing vernal keratoconjunctivitis in clinical practice: Severity grading system and a treatment algorithm


Gokhale Eye Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Nikhil S Gokhale
Gokhale Eye Hospital, Anant Bldg, Dadar West, Mumbai - 400 028, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.179727

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Vernal keratoconjunctivitis is an ocular allergy that is common in the pediatric age group. It is often chronic, severe, and nonresponsive to the available treatment options. Management of these children is difficult and often a dilemma for the practitioner. There is a need to simplify and standardize its management. To achieve this goal, we require a grading system to judge the severity of inflammation and an algorithm to select the appropriate medications. This article provides a simple and practically useful grading system and a stepladder algorithm for systematic treatment of these patients. Use of appropriate treatment modalities can reduce treatment and disease-related complications.


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