A healthy cornea is vital for clear and crisp vision. At Azure Eye Center in Ft. Worth, TX, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating various cornea conditions to help you see your best.
The cornea is the transparent, dome-like structure at the front of your eye. Besides serving as a barrier to prevent dirt and other particles from entering your eye, it also acts as the window that allows light to enter your eye.
Your cornea is partially responsible for refracting, or bending, the light that enters your eye to help it land directly on the retina, which is located at the back of your eye so you can see. In order to experience clear vision, the light must be able to pass through the cornea easily.
If your cornea is affected by an eye condition that causes it to be cloudy, misshapen, or otherwise irregular, the light will not be able to pass through appropriately, and your vision will be affected.
The cornea is made up of five layers: endothelium, Descemet’s membrane, stroma, Bowman’s layer, and epithelium. There are many eye conditions that can affect the cornea and, thus, your vision.
Symptoms of a corneal condition can vary from person to person, depending on the specific condition. Here are some common signs and symptoms that may indicate what you are experiencing is related to the cornea:
The cornea is one of the body’s fastest-healing organs. For this reason, a minor injury to the cornea may make these symptoms short-lasting.
However, a more severe injury or eye condition will prolong and worsen your symptoms. If you notice any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor at Azure Eye Center right away. In many cases, early treatment is paramount for ensuring the best vision outcome after treatment.
A pterygium is a fleshy growth that typically starts on the white inner corners of your eye and gradually grows inward. In some cases, a pterygium can grow so large that it begins to invade the cornea.
There are many eye conditions that affect the cornea. At Azure Eye Center, our cornea specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a variety of corneal conditions.
Here are some of the most common eye conditions to affect the cornea:
The treatment method your eye doctor will recommend will be based on the specific corneal condition you are experiencing as well as the severity of the eye condition. In some cases, your eye doctor may recommend medication.
This can be in the form of oral medication or administered directly to the eye in the form of eye drops. In more severe cases, a corneal transplant may be needed to restore vision or stop the progression of the eye condition.
At Azure Eye Center, our corneal specialists offer a variety of corneal transplant methods, including keratectomy, penetrating keratoplasty, DSAEK, and DMEK.
Do you want to learn more about the cornea or determine if you may be at risk for a corneal condition? Schedule an appointment at Azure Eye Center in Ft. Worth, TX, today!