Ocular System

Spheroidal keratopathy

Spheroidal keratopathy, aka climatic droplet keratopathy, actinic keratopathy, Bietti’s band-shaped nodular dystrophy, Labrador keratopathy, is an acquired corneal degeneration caused by chronic exposure to solar irradiation.

Actinic keratopathy (also called spheroidal degeneration or climatic droplet keratopathy). A, Gross appearance of the corneal button. The air bubbles are artifacts. B, Histology shows lightly staining basophilic globules (arrows) in the epithelium and superficial stroma.Courtesy of Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD. © 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology

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