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 – Fuch’s, 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 is compromised and replacement of that tissue may be indicated.
- Corneal Transplant
- Corneal Graft
Eye Physicians of Northampton is pleased to have two ophthalmologist on staff that specialize in corneal disease, keratoconus and corneal transplants. Dr. Raymond Hubbe and Dr. Lauren Shatz are both board certified ophthalmologists with fellowships in corneal disease and surgery. To schedule a consult with one of our corneal specialists, please contact the office directly.