Cloudy Cornea

It’s important to note that Dry Eye Disease and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction primarily affect the tear film and the ocular surface but do not typically cause direct cloudiness of the cornea. This “cloudy cornea” causes one’s vision to be like looking through a haze, smoky, or foggy weather condition and even more so if you are in lower light situations. However, in severe cases of dry eye disease, persistent inflammation or corneal damage can occur, potentially leading to corneal complications. Those with Dry Eye Disease caused by Sjogren’s syndrome may experience cloudy cornea as well as someone with a Vitamin A deficiency might as well.

A cloudy cornea can most often be caused by various factors.  Below you will find a list of those factors with a clickable link to get the in depth details on that particular factor from a reputable source:

Corneal Edema

Corneal Infections

Corneal Dystrophies

Corneal Scars


Corneal Degenerations

Corneal Deposits

Foreign Body

Iatrogenic Causes


If you have the symptoms of a cloudy cornea, you should be evaluated by an eye care professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. They will perform a comprehensive eye examination and may conduct additional tests to determine the underlying cause of the corneal cloudiness and recommend the most suitable course of action.