Cornea & Dry Eye Consultation
The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye. It is often referred to as "the front window" of the eye. Along with the lens, a healthy tear layer and cornea are important to help focus light on the retina to create the clear images that we see.
If the tear layer is deficient or the cornea is not smooth and clear, blurry vision may be the result. Dry eye is a very common condition whose causes are multi-factorial. The cornea itself can be compromised by injury, infection, and inflammation. Some corneal abnormalities can also be inherited.
Many of our physicians are fellowship trained in Cornea & External Diseases of the eye. Some of the more common conditions we treat are dry eye, cataract, corneal abrasions, corneal infections, keratoconus, astigmatism, corneal swelling, corneal degenerations and dystrophies (i.e.: Fuchs dystrophy), corneal trauma, and intraocular lens problems.
While many corneal abnormalities can be treated medically, there are some specific conditions that may require surgery. In addition to cataract surgery, our doctors are highly trained in refractive surgery (laser eye surgery to reshape the corneal surface), conjunctival or corneal tumor excision, surgical repair and reconstruction of the cornea and the front of the eye, corneal foreign body removal, pterygium excision, and corneal transplantation.
In addition to traditional corneal transplantation, we also offer a new and exciting corneal procedure called DSEK (Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty). Unlike traditional corneal transplant surgery, DSEK is a sutureless procedure that uses a smaller incision and takes less time to perform. It also allows for more rapid visual recovery and reduces the risk of graft rejection.
If you are interested in learning more about dry eye, specific corneal conditions, and the new medical / surgical treatments available, ask your doctor at your scheduled visit. Same day appointments are available.