We offer an extensive ophthalmic surgical network of brands with offices throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and New Jersey. Our centers provide innovative surgical solutions partnered with ophthalmology practices to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients. OOMC is pleased to provide the highest level of expertise in the ophthalmic treatment space.
Our specialists understand and treat corneal diseases that affect how you see the world.
The cornea protects your inner eye against dirt, germs and ultraviolet light. When light enters your eye, it’s bent by the cornea and helps you focus. When the cornea is affected by disease, infection or injury, things just might not look right. When you’re experiencing cornea problems, you might notice pain, blurred vision, tearing, redness or an extreme sensitivity to light. Often, the cornea can heal itself after a minor infection. But sometimes, advanced issues like keratoconus, Fuchs endothelial dystrophy and dry eye syndrome require additional consultation and treatment plans.
There are many different types of corneal disease but the three main types are outlined below.
Sometimes vision becomes blurry and distorted due to a degenerative disease called Keratoconus, an eye disease where the cornea becomes thing, changes shape and creates a cone-like bulge that affects vision. Often the patient can’t read as well or has trouble driving a car due to distorted sight. Working through a management program with a physician is key, or taking additional precautionary measures, like specialized contact lenses or corneal cross-linking.
Fuchs' dystrophy is a disease that causes swelling to the cornea leading to a glare, cloudy vision, pain, light sensitivity, light halos, difficulty seeing at night and general discomfort to the eye. Medication can help, but when untreated it can lead to lost vision and a need for a corneal transplant.
Sometimes your own tears just aren’t enough. They can’t provide enough nourishment and lubrication to the eye and cause burning, redness, grittiness, tearing, itching, fluctuating vision, eye fatigue, discharge, and sensitivity to wind/humidity.
We use the latest technology to treat each patient’s corneal disease.
Dr. Menka Patel, M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cornea cross-linking (CXL), corneal transplants and pterygium.
From Eye Drops to Cornea Cross Linking, we personalize our approach for each patient.
We’re always compassionate, always listening and always ready to help.
When treating your specific corneal disease, there are options available. The right treatment plan will be customized based on the results of your consultation and these treatment options.
Sometimes, the only option for better vision is 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 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 AVEDRO technology to strengthen the cornea during cross-linking surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of corneal disease and their treatment options, visit the corneal treatment page on our parent website.
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