Corneal Abrasions – Corneal abrasion is a scratch or scrape on the cornea, the clear, round dome covering the eye’s iris and pupil. When a corneal abrasion scars the cornea, it can affect vision. Corneal abrasions have a variety of causes from something hitting or blowing into the eye, such as dirt or sawdust, foreign matter getting stuck under your eyelid, sports injuries or improperly maintained contact lenses. If you think you may have a corneal abrasion, it is important to make an appointment with our ophthalmologists, and they will make sure your vision is not affected permanently and that heal comfortably.
Corneal Ulcers – A corneal ulcer is an open sore on the cornea, usually resulting from an eye infection, though it can be caused by severe dry eye or other eye disorders. Contact lens wearers are especially prone to developing ulcers if they do not maintain their contact lenses well and those who suffer from dry eye are also prone to ulcers. If you suspect that you have a corneal ulcer, you should contact us immediately. Our ophthalmologists will treat your ulcer and help to save your vision and make you more comfortable.
Corneal Transplants– Scarring from trauma or injury, hereditary factors and other conditions can affect the clarity of the cornea. In some cases, corneal failure There are many conditions that can affect the clarity of the entire cornea. For instance, trauma or injury to the cornea can cause scarring, as can infections. A hereditary condition called Fuchs’ dystrophy causes corneal failure. Keratoconus (pictured) causes a steep curving of the cornea.
Fuchs’ Dystrophy – Fuchs’ dystrophy reduces the number of specific cells (called endothelial cells) that make up the inner layer of the cornea, preventing the eye’s cells from processing water and causing fluid build up. The corneal tissue gradually thickens, causing the cornea to become swollen and cloudy, losing its crystal-clear transparency. Your doctor will discuss the best treatment options for you which may include ointments or drops or bandage contact lenses. In very advanced cases, your doctor may recommend a corneal transplant or other surgical procedure.