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CORNEAL CENTER

Corneal Specialist and Care

Cornea Specialist and Care Cornea Specialist

The Cornea is the window structure of the human eye. It allows light to pass through to the retina allowing us to see. This clear round dome that covers the iris and the pupil of the eye also protects the internal structures from damage. The cornea also plays a very important role in vision by focusing light as it enters the eye and is transmitted to the brain to form a picture.

The corneal tissue is often exposed to injury. Corneal foreign objects, abrasions, sports injuries, chemical burns, and uv/sun damage can all lead to serious harm and even blindness. Degenerative or genetic anomalies can also affect the cornea. Proper and timely care of an injured cornea is critical to insure the best outcome.

Community Eye Center strives to provide outstanding corneal care and treatment to patients with disorders not often handled routinely by general ophthalmologists. Our practice prides itself in the fact that we have corneal care, treatments, and patient education available in our facility that meets and exceeds typical corneal standards of care.

Human Eye Anatomy

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Corneal Anomalies

The cornea represents the clear window in front of the eyeball. This is the most important refractive surface we have in the refractive anatomy of the eye. It accounts for 2/3 of the eyes refractive power, the air/tear film interface. If the cornea is irregular, the image will be blurry. If the cornea has astigmatism, the person will see a distorted image. The cornea is approximately the size of a dime, 550 microns in thickness or about 10-11 millimeters. Frequently, the cornea can be associated with reduction and transmission of light because of an inheritable disease called Fuch's corneal dystrophy. Fuch's corneal dystrophy is seen more frequently in women by a factor of 3:1 and results in thickening of the cornea and the loss of transmission of light. Various procedures are available for this condition; such as PKP (Penetrating Keratoplasty) a through and through thickness corneal transplant, DSAEK procedure (Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) to remove the posterior endothelial cells which are deficient in number with the replacement of graft tissue and DMEK or Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty. These procedures are the mainstay of modern corneal transplants for endothelial dystrophies.

Regarding corneal scarring, PKP is the mainstay of therapy. This is the most common procedure performed for local burns to the cornea.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea develops progressive thinning. This can be treated in a number of ways. One of the treatments, which is approved in this country, is the use of intacts rings to stabilize the cornea from progression early in the disease process. The intacts rings can then be removed later in life when the patient may require a PKP. Penetrating Keratoplasty is the mainstay of therapy in this country with progressive thinning of the cornea. This is a through and through dissection of the tissue. The following procedure not available in this country at this time is cross linking, which when available, will help progression of Keratoconus in the early stages.

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