Learn more about corneal eye care

What is corneal eye care? Symptoms, treatment options and more!

Detailed diagram of the eye

At a Glance:

Things to know and remember:

  • The cornea is the clear “window” that allows light to pass into the eye.
  • When the cornea is damaged, light rays entering the eye are scattered irregularly, decreasing one’s quality of vision.
  • Corneal problems can be caused by injury, allergies or disease.
  • There are a number of medical and surgical therapies to maintain or restore corneal clarity -- and your clarity of vision.
  • The corneal specialists and surgeons at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania are Board-Certified and Fellowship-trained. Quality and experience you can count on.

About The Cornea

What is cornea?

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer. It is the clear, dome­shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. It plays an important role in focusing your vision. Although the cornea may look clear and seem to lack substance, it is a highly organized tissue. Unlike most tissues in the body, the cornea contains no blood vessels to nourish or protect it against infection. Instead, the cornea receives its nourishment from tears and the aqueous humor (a fluid in the front part of the eye that lies behind the cornea). The tissues of the cornea are arranged in three basic layers, with two thinner layers, or membranes, between them. Each of these five layers has an important function, and each is subject to unique risks and diseases.

Cornea Conditions

What are some common conditions that affect the cornea?

The most common conditions involve injuries, allergies and disease. Treatment options depend upon the cause of the problem but can include options from contact lenses to laser surgery to corneal transplant. Based on your vision and examination, our corneal specialists will discuss with you the most appropriate treatment options.

Treatment Options

What is Laser Vision Correction?

Laser vision correction, which includes Custom LASIK and PRK, represents the most precise method to eliminate one’s glasses or contact lens prescription. Laser Vision Correction is a surgical technique that uses UV light and laser technology to reshape and restore the cornea. It has been used to treat recurrent erosions and corneal dystrophies and helps delay or postpone corneal grafting or replacement. Our specialists are the only Cornea-Fellowship-Trained doctors in Berks County and the most experienced with Bladeless LASIK. All laser vision correction procedures are performed in the safety and comfort of our on-site laser suite in our fully-licensed surgery center.

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