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From dry eye to corneal transplants, we can explain your corneal disease and what your treatment options are.
Corneal Disorders & Surgery
The cornea is a very subtle part of the eye. It is the clear lens in the front of the eye which covers the colored part of your eye. All light that enters the eye, must pass through the cornea first. Therefore, if a corneal problem exists that blocks or distorts light, a patient’s vision will be limited, no matter how healthy the rest of the eye is. However, usually the cornea is healthy and clear. That is why many corneal diseases may be ignored for years before they are diagnosed. When diseases advance, patients may develop pain or progressive vision loss. Many patients with corneal disease have seen several providers before they see a cornea specialist. Because of this, corneal disease may be advanced and beyond the initial “textbook” presentation. Therefore, different treatments may be necessary before a solution is found.
Sometimes to improve a person’s vision or help with pain, corneal surgery is required. There are many types of corneal surgery. The type of surgery depends on what layer of the cornea is involved. For most people, we perform corneal surgery to improve their vision, such as when we perform partial or full corneal transplants. There are other reasons to perform surgery on the cornea and conjunctiva such as to remove growths and resolve pain.
Regardless of your corneal problem, or your need for surgery, we will make sure to answer all of your questions and ensure that you feel knowledgeable about your condition.
Here are some of the corneal surgeries that we routinely perform:
- Diamond burr debridement
- Pterygium Surgery (removal + graft replacement)
- Descemet Stripping Endothelial Kerplasty (DESK, a partial corneal transplant)
- Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keraplasty (DMEK, a partial conreal transplant)
- Penetrating Keraplasty (PKP, a full thickness corneal transplant)