The cornea is a critical part of the eye that is responsible for a large portion of our vision. When the cornea is damaged from injury or disease it can lead to loss of vision or sometimes even blindness. Our corneal & external disease specialists, Kevin T. Flaherty, M.D., and Vernon C. Parmley, M.D., are fellowship-trained physicians skilled in the latest procedures and treatments for corneal disease.
It is very important to wear protective eyewear in various activities to prevent corneal injury. Many chemicals and sharp objects can cause severe damage to the cornea.
There are many different corneal diseases. Some are caused by bacterial, fungal or viral infections. The aging process can also affect the cornea. Corneal disease can also be inherited.
When the cornea becomes very damaged, a corneal transplant may be needed to help restore some sight. Patients in need of a corneal transplant must be placed on the waiting list for corneal tissue. The amount of time a patient must wait varies.
When the corneal transplant is finished it can take up to a year to know how much vision has been regained. As with any kind of transplant, corneal rejection can occur. Signs of rejection may be redness, or decrease in vision. Corneal rejection is not common, however.