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Corneal Stromal Dystrophies

A Corneal Dystrophy is a condition in which one or more parts of the cornea lose their normal clarity due to a build-up of cloudy material. There are over 20 Corneal Dystrophies, with the most common including:

  • Anterior Basement Membrane Dystrophy
  • Corneal Stromal Dystrophies (macular, granular or lattice)
  • Fuchs’ Dystrophy

Symptoms of Corneal Dystrophies

The symptoms of Corneal Dystrophies vary greatly and can include:

  • Visual impairment
  • Pain
  • Permanent vision loss
  • No vision problems at all

Common Traits of Corneal Dystrophies

  • Inherited
  • Affect both eyes
  • Usually progress gradually
  • Not caused by external factors, such as injury or diet
  • Usually begin in one of the five corneal layers and may later spread to nearby layers
  • Usually do not affect other parts of the body
  • Not related to diseases affecting other parts of the eye or body
  • Can occur in healthy males or females

Dr. Rapoza may discover that you have a Corneal Dystrophy during a routine eye exam. If so, he can discuss treatment options to help you protect your vision. Schedule your eye exam today.

Corneal Degenerations

A Corneal Degeneration is a condition in which one or more parts of the cornea loses its normal shape or develops deposition of excessive material such as fibrotic tissue or calcium.  The more common degenerations encountered include:

  • Band Keratopathy (deposition of calcium)
  • Keratoconus (abnormal weakness of collagen resulting in corneal warpage)
  • Saltzmann’s Nodular Degeneration (deposition of fibrotic scars on the surface of the cornea)

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Boston, MA 02114

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Parking is available at 50 Staniford St. in the Longfellow Place Garage. Other garage options include The Garden Garage (located on Lomasney Way) or the Charles River Plaza Deck parking lot, located on Cambridge Street. OCB Clinic: Enter the building and take the elevator to the 6th floor where you will see patient check-in. Boston Eye Surgery and Laser Center: Enter the building. Surgery Center is on 1st floor.


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Waltham, MA 02451

Free parking is available in the 52 Second Ave. Parking Garage.

Upon entering the garage, drive under the blue sign that says "52 Second Ave: and bear right heading up the parking ramp to levels P1, P2, P3 or P4. Please note your parking location. Enter the building, take the elevators to the 2nd Floor and follow hallway signs to Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. OCB Clinic is the 2nd door on right. Surgery Center is the first door on the right.

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OCB North Shore - Danvers

104 Endicott Street, Suite 303 
Danvers, MA 01923

Located in the MGH North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. Our office is located on the third floor Suite 303.  

From the South/Boston area: Take I-93 North toward Tobin Bridge. Merge onto Route 1 North. Stay on Route 1 North for approximately 14 miles, then merge onto I-95 North/Route 128 North. Take Exit 24, Endicott Street. At the end of the ramp, go straight through the lights at the intersection into the parking lot.

From the North: Travel 95 South to Danvers. When I-95 and Route 128 split, merge onto Route 128 North. Take Exit 24, Endicott Street. Go straight through the lights at the intersection into the parking lot.