The corneal specialists at Ophthalmology Consultants in and around the St. Louis, MO area have the experience and offer the latest technology necessary to treat a wide range of corneal diseases and injuries. Our cornea team includes fellowship-trained experts in the treatment of complex corneal conditions.
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The cornea is the clear front part of the eye that covers the iris and pupil. It helps focus light, providing most of the eye’s optical power. It also acts as a shield to protect the eye. If the cornea becomes damaged–whether from injury, disease, or a genetic condition–turn to the corneal specialists at Ophthalmology Consultants for expert evaluation and care.
There are many causes of corneal disease and degeneration. If the cornea is damaged, it may become swollen or scarred, and its smoothness and clarity may be lost. Scars, swelling, or an irregular shape can cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in glare or blurred vision.
Corneal diseases or injury 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 vision.
The cornea is the part of the eye where the well-known refractive procedure called LASIK occurs. LASIK is highly effective in reducing the need for glasses and contact lenses.
Always wear protective eyewear when playing sports that use a moving object (ball, frisbee), doing yardwork (mowing the lawn, weed whacking, leaf blowing), making repairs (hammering, sawing, sanding), using machines (drills, staple guns) or when using chemicals (bleach, antifreeze, pesticides, etc).
Symptoms may include eye pain, redness, burning, itching, watery eyes, discharge, sensitivity to light, a white patch on the cornea or impaired vision.
Conditions that may require a corneal transplantation include corneal scarring, keratoconus, inherited corneal disorders (like Fuchs’ dystrophy), infections, tumors, persistent swelling, as well as corneal ulceration, erosion, thinning, or perforation.
With over 40,000 procedures per year, corneal transplants are the most common and successful type of transplant surgery performed in the United States.
Treatment for a corneal ulcer is prescribed based on its underlying cause. Antiviral, antifungal, or antibacterial medication is commonly prescribed to treat mild to moderate infection. Medication may be administered as eye drops. To coincide with medicated eye drops, a corticosteroid eye drop may also be prescribed to reduce inflammation around the cornea. Severe cases of corneal ulcers may require surgery to replace the affected cornea.
If you need corneal disease treatment services in or around St. Louis, MO, Ophthalmology Consultants has you covered. Schedule an appointment with one of our corneal specialists today to find out what treatment options are available to you.