The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye that allows you to focus light and also protects your eye from debris. This clear tissue is vulnerable to injury and disease, which can not only lead to discomfort but also affect your vision. Our corneal specialists, Dr. Deepika Shah, Dr. Thomas Clinch, and Dr. Paul Kang, have extensive training and experience in treating a variety of corneal conditions. At Eye Doctors of Washington, we offer treatment options ranging from specialty contact lens fitting to partial and full thickness corneal transplantation.
If you would like more information about one of our procedures, we encourage you to visit our cornea website, which features descriptions of corneal conditions and treatment options available that may help you meet your needs. See below to learn about common issues that afflict the cornea.
Dry eye syndrome is a common reason why many people visit EDOW. The condition can be caused by a number of factors, including age, the environment, and medications. To relieve discomfort and prevent corneal damage, our doctors may recommend treatment options like tear substitutes, RESTASIS®, punctal occlusion, or oral supplements.
Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy
Fuchs’ dystrophy is a genetic condition that causes the inner layer of the cornea to degenerate, causing the cornea to swell. This gradually progresses over time and can impair vision, leading to the need for a corneal transplant.
Although very rare, bullous keratopathy can occur in some individuals who undergo cataract surgery, due to a complication with the surgery or IOL. The condition is characterized by the inner layer of the cornea becoming damaged and gradually becoming clouded and swollen.
Corneal edema can be a temporary or progressive condition that distorts vision. As the cornea gradually thickens due to excess corneal fluid not being able to evaporate, patients may experience swelling and discomfort. Depending on the cause, medications may help with the symptoms, or surgical intervention, such as a corneal transplant or amniotic membrane graft, may be necessary.
Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea to gradually become thinner and more conical-shaped. As this happens, the cornea cannot properly focus light onto the retina, and vision can become distorted. Common treatments for mild cases include glasses and contact lenses, while more severe keratoconus may require surgery, such as penetrating keratoplasty or Intacs.
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