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Cornea Specialist

Corneal disease can sometimes be treated with medications, but corneal surgery is often the preferred treatment path. At Tayani Institute, with locations in San Clemente, Oceanside, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Santa Ana, Brea, Irvine, Big Bear, and Needles, California, a team of professionals offers the very latest in corneal surgery techntechniques and can leverage the power of those techniques to preserve your vision. Schedule a personalized consultation today using the easy online booking tool or by calling to speak with a member of our scheduling staff.

Cornea Q & A

What does the cornea do?

Your cornea is the outermost layer of your eye and helps focus your vision by redirecting light to the back portion of your eye and filtering out dangerous ultraviolet rays. 

Your cornea also protects your eye from intrusion of foreign materials like water, dust, dirt, and bacteria. It creates a smooth surface that absorbs oxygen and special nutrients from your tears.

A portion of your cornea pumps excess fluid from this area of the eye. Healthy eye function depends on maintaining a balance between fluid moving into and out of your cornea. 

What conditions cause damage to the cornea?

There are a number of things that can damage the cells within your cornea. Some of these dangers are within your control, while others are not. Some of the risks to corneal health include:

  • Injuries or scratches
  • Keratitis, or inflammation of the cornea
  • Dry eye
  • Allergies
  • Corneal dystrophy, or a cloudy buildup
  • Keratoconus, or thinning of the cornea 
  • Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Lattice dystrophy
  • Ocular or herpes zoster 
  • Pterygium, or abnormal tissue growth

These and other issues can cause corneal damage that requires surgical intervention. 

What types of corneal surgeries are available?

Your treatment plan is created to suit your specific set of needs, and you’ll learn the full details of each treatment option prior to making a decision on how to move forward. 

One approach is called phototherapeutic keratectomy, or PTK. This technique uses laser technology and UV light to alter the shape of your cornea to treat several types of dystrophy. 

Corneal transplant surgery is another option. This process involves replacing a portion of damaged corneal tissue with tissue from a donor. 

In some cases, your entire cornea needs to be replaced, but many conditions can be effectively treated with a procedure that replaces only the diseased cells, leaving healthy tissue in place. 

Implanting an artificial cornea is also an option, and it can help men and women who have not had success with cornea transplants. A plastic cornea is combined with donor tissue before being implanted into your eye. 

For more information on these and other cornea surgery techniques, schedule a consultation at Tayani Institute today. You can book online or over the phone, so don’t delay.