What is cornea disease?
The cornea is the clear dome over the front of the eye that both helps keep the eye clear of contaminants and refracts light so it focuses on the retina. When the cornea becomes cloudy or irregular in shape, it can negatively impact vision. The skilled ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center are experienced in treating a number of diseases and disorders that can affect the cornea, including keratitis, ocular herpes, keratoconus, infections, degenerative disorders, and hereditary conditions. If you have been exhibiting any symptoms related to your eyes and vision, contact our friendly team at our center in Boca Raton, FL to schedule a consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Cornea disease
Some of the most common symptoms of cornea disease include redness, swelling, excess tearing, blurred vision or decrease in vision, and a foreign body sensation in the eye. If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact our Boca Raton, FL office as soon as possible. One of our board-certified ophthalmologists will perform a comprehensive eye exam to look at your eye structures, including the cornea, in-depth. Some of the most common cornea diseases our center treats include:
- Keratitis: An inflammation of the cornea that may be associated with an infection or an eye injury.
- Ocular Herpes: Also called herpes keratitis, this is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. The infection can be treated with antiviral eye drops, ointments, or medications.
- Keratoconus: A condition in which the cornea thins and bulges into a more cone-like shape. In advanced cases, a corneal transplant may be required.
When left untreated, many of these diseases can cause corneal scarring or lead to corneal ulcers. Prompt treatment is key to preserving your vision and your overall quality of life. Depending on the type and the severity of the cornea disease, Clewner & Kelly Eye Center offers a multitude of advanced treatment options.
What are the Symptoms of Cornea Disease?
Only an ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat a cornea-related disease. However, specific corneal damage symptoms may indicate the need for medical attention. If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to schedule an appointment in our office. A few of these symptoms include:
- Moderate to severe pain
- Blurred vision
- Redness of the eye
- Increased light sensitivity
- Excessive tear production
- A sensation that something is in your eye
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Cornea Disease FAQ
Does the treatment for cornea disease hurt?
Commonly, antiviral treatments are prescribed in the form of ointments that won't irritate the eye. For other cases, laser treatment may be necessary. The eye gets numbed so you won't expereince any discomfort or pain.
Can cornea-related diseases be prevented?
Corneal diseases sometimes result from bacteria and viruses spread from person to person. Limiting contact with individuals who have contagious eye conditions and washing your hands regularly could reduce your likelihood of coming into contact with one of these conditions.
Can my cornea repair itself after injury or disease?
Yes, the cornea can often heal and repair itself over time and with proper medical care. However, some conditions require medical intervention to protect your vision and long-term eyesight.
Comprehensive Care for Corneas
Whether your cornea symptoms come from an infection, an injury, or a disease, our team stands ready to assist you in getting back to clear vision and optimal ocular health. If you have been experiencing any of the troublesome symptoms of cornea disease, contact Clewner & Kelly Eye Center immediately to have your eyes examined by a board-certified ophthalmologist. Our friendly staff in Boca Raton, FL offers comprehensive care for all your vision needs and provides personalized, advanced treatment options.