The cornea is the clear tissue at the front surface of the eye that transmits light through the pupil to the retina at the back of the eye. The five major layers of the cornea play a vital role in focusing vision and protecting the eye from infection or injury. Because the cornea is the first external layer of the eye it can be prone to various infections and diseases due to exposure and trauma.
Infections and Allergies- Various forms of Keratitis, Conjunctivitis or Ocular Herpes
Trauma – Abrasions, Ulcers, Erosion or Chemical Exposure
Dystrophies – Fuchs’, Lattice
Growths – Pterygium, Pinguecula, Keratopathy, or Neovascularization
Irregularities in Shape – Keratoconus
Dry Eye Syndrome
Many of these common corneal issues and diseases can be easily diagnosed, treated and managed with proper care and follow up with an Ophthalmologist. If treatment is unsuccessful, or remains untreated for a prolonged period of time, the tissue of the cornea may be compromised and replacement of that tissue may be indicated.” Under Dry Eye Syndrome please edit the last sentence of the first paragraph – “Dry eyes can occur when tear production and/or drainage are not sufficient, especially in patients diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome.
Eye Physicians of Northampton is pleased to have an ophthalmologist on staff that specializes in corneal disease, keratoconus and corneal transplants.
Dr. Lauren Shatz is a board certified ophthalmologists with fellowships in corneal disease and surgery. To schedule a consult with our corneal specialist, please contact the office directly.