There are various factors that can cause a cornea-related condition.
Nutritional deficiency: Especially vitamin A deficiency
Allergy: Vernal and atopic keratoconjunctivitis
Infection: Viral keratitis, bacterial, fungal, or even parasitical infections
Trauma: Exposure to toxic chemicals or abrasions.
Degenerative corneal disease and Dystrophies: Lattice corneal dystrophy, Fuch's dystrophy, or Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
Autoimmune disorders: Rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener's disease, or lupus
Stevens-Johnson syndrome: Rare though, a severe inflammatory reaction to medication or an infection.
Growths: Benign (pterygium) or malignant cancerous growth on the surface of the eye.
Ectasia (means thinning): Keratoconus, also called thinning of the cornea after refractive laser surgery.
Other factors that can damage the cornea are as follows:
Dry eye (tear film abnormalities)
Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome, associated with glaucoma
Redness of the cornea or it could appear cloudy
Stabbing pain in the eye
Increased sensitivity to light
Tearing could accompany sensitivity
Impaired vision (blurred or clouded)
Additional symptoms may include, fatigue, nausea, headache
Distortion of vision (due to altered curvature of the cornea)
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