The Cornea is the eye's window. Its integrity is of vital importance in order for us to see clearly. Eye diseases and injuries may affect the cornea. The most common problems affecting the cornea are:
- Keratoconus, where the cornea adopts the shape of a cone causing high levels of astigmatism.
- Fuch's dystrophy, where the inner lining of corneal cells stop working.
- Trauma and Infections caused by contact lens wear
- Previous eye surgeries
How are corneal diseases treated?
Many corneal conditions can be treated medically with eye drops or simple observation. When the condition cannot be treated medically, and visual acuity is sub-optimal, then we can consider using lasers (Phototherapeutic Keratectomy) or surgeries such as corneal transplants to correct the problem. Full thickness (peneterating keratoplasty) or partial thickness transplants (DSEK/DMEK) are performed depending on the type of corneal disease present. Our corneal surgeon at Castle Hills Eye Specialists will perform a detailed corneal examination and determine what the best treatment option for you is.