Corneal Diseases

The corneal disease specialists at Cincinnati Eye Institute have the experience and technology necessary to treat a wide range of corneal diseases and conditions. Our cornea team includes several world leaders in treatment of complex corneal conditions.

Corneal Disease Treatment in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

The cornea is the thin, clear, dome-shaped layer that covers and protects the front of the eye. In addition to blocking out some of the sun’s UV rays and germs, dust, and dirt that could harm the eye, the cornea is also essential to clear vision.

Corneal diseases can not only be uncomfortable, but they may pose a threat to a patient’s ability to see. In some cases, prompt treatment of corneal conditions is essential to preserve a person’s vision.

Corneal Infection

Corneal infections are often the result of injuries to the cornea such as scratches that allow bacteria or fungus to enter the cornea. Contact lens wearers are at higher risk of corneal infections. In most cases, corneal infections can be treated with antibacterial or antifungal eye drops or oral medications. This is normally a treatable condition, but severe corneal infections can threaten the eyesight and eye health and may require surgical treatment or a corneal transplant.

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Corneal Transplants

Corneal transplant surgery is known as keratoplasty. During this procedure, a patient’s diseased or damaged cornea is replaced with donor corneal tissue. This is a delicate procedure that should only be performed by an experienced cornea surgeon.

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Corneal Ulcer

A corneal ulcer is a painful wound on the cornea that may be the result of scratches, injury, or poor contact lens care. In addition to pain, a corneal ulcer may cause decreased vision, eye redness, light sensitivity, swelling of the eyelids, or the sensation that there is something in the eye. This condition can progress to threaten vision and should be treated promptly by an ophthalmologist.

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Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy

Fuch’s Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy is a condition that causes the cornea to swell and can lead to blurry vision, glare, or eye pain in severe cases. Fuchs’ dystrophy is progressive, but certain eye medications can help slow swelling and reduce symptoms. Once Fuchs’ dystrophy has progressed to an advanced stage, a corneal transplant may be required.

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Keratoconus is a condition characterized by a cornea that becomes cone-shaped instead of dome-shaped, and is caused by thinning and weakening of the cornea. Common symptoms of keratoconus are ghost images, halos, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and streaking. This is a progressive condition. In early stages, keratoconus can be treated with special glasses or contact lenses, but advanced treatment or surgery may be required once the condition has advanced.

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A pterygium is a growth on the outer layer of the eye, called the conjunctiva. Most symptoms of pterygia, including dry eye, redness, swelling on the surface of the eye, burning and itching, can be treated with ove- the-counter or prescription eye drops. If a pterygium grows large enough to obstruct the vision, surgery may be necessary.

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Stevens Johnson Syndrome

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a condition that causes painful lesions and blisters to grow on the skin and mucosal surfaces, including the eyes. This rare condition is often a result of an allergic reaction to a prescription or over-the-counter medication and the formation of lesions is usually preceded by flu-like symptoms. Eye involvement with SJS may range from mild dry eye to severe scarring and decreased vision. Even years after the dermatologic issues caused by SJS are alleviated, patients may still require treatment by an ophthalmologist.

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Contact CEI for Corneal Disease Treatment

The specialists at Cincinnati Eye Institute are able to provide prompt and effective treatment for a wide range of corneal conditions. Our doctors are leading experts in treatment of complex cornea disease and surgery. To learn more about corneal disease treatment at CEI offices throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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