Thygesons Superficial Punctate Keratopathy

History of Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratitis (TSPK)

The history of Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratopathy (also Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratitis and TSPK) has compiled over 60 years of information, which began with Dr Phillips Thygeson’s discovery of the disease. All the that is know about this disease has not lead to a factual known reason for it being present in people ranging in age from just over two years old to those in their seventies.  There are some common manifestations that have shown up in many cases.

What do people feel before they know about Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratitis (TSPK)? Some people complain that they have trouble focusing their eyesight and describe objects as blurry.  Many people who are found to have this ailment report a high degree of sensitivity to bright lights, a sensation in one or both eyes that feels like burning, and many will say that they feel as if something is stuck in their eye or eyes.

There can actually be little information other than what the patient is feeling now. The irritations a patient describes may seem mild to moderately uncomfortable and require a closer look.  A doctor may perform an examination that does not demonstrate any obvious swelling in or around the eye or eyes.  There may even be an absence of corneal edema or conjunctiva inject when the inspection is first conducted.

A biomicroscopy is necessary to find lesions associated with Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratitis. This procedure will sometimes show intraepithelial opacities that are elevated beyond the norm and can appear to be round, gray, and rough. These lesions are more superficial than subepithelial infiltrates and have been described as less colorful, even dull in appearance, and not as organized.

The person who is infected cannot see what a biomicroscope can show. The average patient only knows that blurred vision and watery eyes is not their normal state and the discomfort they feel inside the eye or eyes is bothersome. The history of Thygeson’s Superficial Punctate Keratitis  shows that the best way to alleviate the symptoms is to report your condition to a medical doctor who specializes in eye treatment.

Dr Thygeson was a leading ophthalmologist who died on 27 July, 2002, following complications from pneumonia, aged 99.

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