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Nails, Skin and Cornea

Article ID: 27
Last updated: 27 Aug, 2017
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Question

My son, now 20, was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma at the age of  4. His pressure has never been higher than 18 and has been stable since he was first diagnosed. He has had laser surgery a few times. His corneas have turned milky white and his sight has declined drastically due to this. From the age of app. 8 his toenails began to deteriorate and his feet became really dry with flaky skin and small fissures. His fingernails are extremely fragile and thin. We are wondering - could there be a connection between the corneas and his skin/nail issues?

Answer

Yes there may very well be a link between the nails, skin and cornea. These parts of the body are related. I suggest that your son see a geneticist.

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Wills Eye Hospital, Ste. 1210
840 Walnut Street                    
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109

Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Pediatric Glaucoma and Cataract Family Association
 

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