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What is Corneal Disease?

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The cornea is the circular window at the front of the eye that refracts light and focuses it on the retina. A healthy cornea is essential for clear vision. Damaged or irregular corneas cannot focus light correctly and result in blurred vision and glare.

Cornea Conditions

  • Keratoconus

    Keratoconus (KC) is a rare condition which weakens and thins the cornea over time, causing optical irregularities and loss of vision. Collagen cross-linking (CXL) is the only treatment to successfully halt the progression of keratoconus. Kremer Eye Center is among the few practices in the nation to offer Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) treatment and help many Keratoconus patients preserve their vision and quality of life.

  • Corneal abrasion

    A corneal abrasion is a scratch or cut on the surface of the cornea that often causes blurred vision, stinging, burning, redness, tearing, and light sensitivity. They often heal quickly, but sometimes recur and need to be treated with phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK).

  • Corneal infection

    Sometimes the cornea is damaged after a foreign object enters the tissue or from a contaminated contact lens. These eye infections can reduce visual clarity, produce discharges and erode the cornea. Corneal infections can also lead to corneal scarring, which can impair vision and may require a corneal transplant.

  • Fuchs endothelial dystrophy

    A hereditary eye disease that affects the cornea and usually tends to show up later in life resulting in a swollen cornea, sensitivity to light and extended blurry vision. This can often be successfully treated with a partial corneal transplant.

  • Pterygium

    A pink, triangle-shaped growth of tissue that starts on the conjunctive and extends to the cornea. This growth creates scar tissue, which can cause astigmatism, resulting in decreased vision. Excisional surgery with a corneal graft is very successful.

  • Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye is a common eye ailment that causes inflammation and infection of the conjunctiva. There is discharge, watering, increased sensitivity to light, a gritty feeling in one or both eyes, itchiness, burning and swollen eyelids, and can sometimes be contagious. There are various forms of conjunctivitis, including viral, bacterial and allergic.

  • Keratoconus

    Keratoconus (KC) is a rare condition which weakens and thins the cornea over time, causing optical irregularities and loss of vision. Collagen cross-linking (CXL) is the only treatment to successfully halt the progression of keratoconus. Kremer Eye Center is among the few practices in the nation to offer Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) treatment and help many Keratoconus patients preserve their vision and quality of life.

  • Corneal abrasion

    A corneal abrasion is a scratch or cut on the surface of the cornea that often causes blurred vision, stinging, burning, redness, tearing, and light sensitivity. They often heal quickly, but sometimes recur and need to be treated with phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK).

  • Corneal infection

    Sometimes the cornea is damaged after a foreign object enters the tissue or from a contaminated contact lens. These eye infections can reduce visual clarity, produce discharges and erode the cornea. Corneal infections can also lead to corneal scarring, which can impair vision and may require a corneal transplant.

  • Fuchs endothelial dystrophy

    A hereditary eye disease that affects the cornea and usually tends to show up later in life resulting in a swollen cornea, sensitivity to light and extended blurry vision. This can often be successfully treated with a partial corneal transplant.

  • Pterygium

    A pink, triangle-shaped growth of tissue that starts on the conjunctive and extends to the cornea. This growth creates scar tissue, which can cause astigmatism, resulting in decreased vision. Excisional surgery with a corneal graft is very successful.

  • Conjunctivitis

    Pink eye is a common eye ailment that causes inflammation and infection of the conjunctiva. There is discharge, watering, increased sensitivity to light, a gritty feeling in one or both eyes, itchiness, burning and swollen eyelids, and can sometimes be contagious. There are various forms of conjunctivitis, including viral, bacterial and allergic.

  • A plan that works for you.

    Treatment for corneal diseases may vary, so we’ll work together to determine what’s best, and better manage your vision.

  • We believe in innovation.

    We’re committed to making the latest technology available to you when you visit a Kremer Eye Center.

  • Committed to smart solutions.

    We often combine treatments when necessary, saving you time, and sometimes money, in the long run

  • We make you feel at home.

    You’ll always feel like family here, and your family will always be comfortable here in our waiting room while you go through your procedure.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

When treating corneal disease, there are options available. The right treatment plan depends on the type of corneal disease and can be customized based on the results of your consultation and these treatment options.

  • Corneal Transplants

    Sometimes, the only option for better vision is a corneal transplant surgery, especially when there’s irreversible swelling from Fuchs’ Dystrophy or after cataract surgery. Options like DMEK (Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty) and DSEK (Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty) replace the back layers of the cornea and restore vision.

  • Cornea Collagen Cross Linking

    Cornea collagen cross-linking (CXL) stops the progression of keratoconus or Post-Lasik ectasia, an eye disease that weakens and thins the cornea, eventually causing severe vision impairment. Our expert team uses vitamin B2 eye drops and ultraviolet light to stabilize and strengthen the cornea.

  • Intacs Corneal Implants

    If a patient has keratoconus and is contact lens intolerant, we often recommend INTACS surgery. Our expert surgeons implant small ring segments into the cornea, enabling most patients to wear contact lenses again.

If you’d like to learn more about the different types of corneal disease and their treatment options, visit the cornea page on our parent website.

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