Corneal Conditions

Corneal Conditions Long IslandThe health of the cornea plays a significant role in a person’s overall vision. At SightMD, our doctors emphasize the importance of detecting eye conditions in their earliest possible stages, and many common corneal conditions can be diagnosed during an annual eye exam. We provide a comprehensive range of surgical and non-surgical treatments at all 22 locations to manage and correct corneal conditions and improve our patients’ vision.

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SightMD is proud to provide customized services to patients from all over the world who suffer from corneal conditions and are searching for the best eye care treatment imaginable. Some of the corneal conditions that our SightMD professionals commonly treat include:

  • Pterygium & Pinguecula– Pterygium and pingueculae are two common types of non-cancerous growths that form near or on the cornea. A pterygium is a yellowish substance that appears on the conjunctiva, while a pterygium is fleshy tissue that develops on the sclera (the white portion of the eye) and protrudes onto the surface of the cornea.
  • Keratoconus– Keratoconus is an eye disease in which the cornea changes shape as the disorder progresses. Instead of the cornea’s normal shape, its contour looks similar to a cone.
  • Recurrent Corneal Erosions– Recurrent corneal erosion, also known as recurrent erosion syndrome (RES), is a disorder of the epithelial cells that line the surface of the cornea.
  • Corneal Dystrophies– Corneal dystrophies are progressive, bilateral, inherited disorders of the cornea. Most common among the dystrophies are Reis-Bücklers dystrophy, Theil-Behnke dystrophy, and Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy.
  • Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy– Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy is a common, progressive corneal disorder of the cells that live within the endothelium, the innermost layer of the cornea.
  • Contact Lens Related Problems– Contact lenses can cause damage to the eye if not used correctly. Not only can improper contact lens wear cause the growth of abnormal blood vessels into the cornea, but it can cause keratitis.
  • Herpes Simplex Keratitis Herpes simplex keratitis is a viral infection of the eye caused by HSV. The condition can cause pain, ocular irritation, and reddening of the eye.
  • Herpes Zoster Opthalmicus– Inflammation of the corneal tissue due to shingles is classified as herpes zoster ophthalmicus or HZO.
  • Aphakic & Pseudophakic Bullous Keratopathy– Following cataract surgery, an IOL is placec within a patient’s eye. Patients who have an IOL within their eye are diagnosed as being “pseudophakic,” while patient’s who do not have an IOL within their eye are referred to as “aphakic.” Both types of patients can develop swelling and blistering on the surface of the cornea, which is called bullous keratopathy.
  • Penetrating Keratoplasty– Known as the traditional cornea transplant, penetrating keratoplasty is a surgery in which a damaged cornea is replaced with the healthy tissue of a donor’s cornea.
  • DSAEK– Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) is a newer type of cornea transplant.

Our doctors and staff can evaluate your vision care needs during a consultation and examination atone of our locations. To learn more about types, causes, or symptoms of or treatments for corneal conditions, we encourage you to contact SightMD and schedule an appointment.

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