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The cornea in systemic disease

W.D.H. Gillan
African Vision and Eye Health | South African Optometrist: Vol 64, No 3 | a228 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/aveh.v64i3.228 | © 2005 W.D.H. Gillan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 December 2005 | Published: 19 December 2005

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W.D.H. Gillan, Optometric Science Research Group, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 524, Auckland Park, 2006 South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

Systemic  disease  often  results  in  corneal signs that are easily observable by means of bio-microscopy. Optometry is in a unique position to detect the corneal manifestations of systemic disease. This review presents corneal signs of various systemic diseases. The list is not com-plete but the review rather attempts to empha-size the importance of detection, and referral, of systemic diseases.

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