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This site is concerned with recurrent corneal erosions (RCE) and their possible treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). My story and experience with the treatment might help others with the same condition.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the cornea has the highest concentration of pain receptors and nerve fibers of any body structure. Therefore, corneal pain is the most excruciatingly intense and anxiogenic a human body can experience.

I am a female of 40 years of age (as of 2012) who had recurrent corneal erosions in the left eye since 2002 and the right eye since 2011. The left eye's abrasion was due to a scratch with a laminated piece of paper; the right eye's was caused by a burn from hot cooking oil. There is no obvious cause for my cornea not healing properly. I have no chronic diseases. I treat hypothyroidism daily with synthroid. Besides contraceptive pills, I do not take any other drugs. I do not wear eye glasses nor contact lenses. I underwent two anterior stromal puncture treatments (corneal micropunctures) in my left eye, and one series of micropunctures in my right eye. On one hand, these treatments reduced the incidence of recurrences, but on the other, they increased the area of abrasion making re-occurrences, when they did happen, worse.

Symptoms: at night, episodes would occur if I did not apply in my eyes Sodium Chloride Hypertonicity Ophthalmic Ointment (Muro 128 5% or equivalent). During the day, the erosions would re-occur if I came in contact with irritants: sand, soap,...