The cornea is the clear front windshield of the eye. It is responsible for two-thirds of the focusing power of the eye. If the cornea is damaged or irregular from injury or disease it can cause significant loss of vision.
Conditions that affect the Cornea
- Keratoconus (progressive thinning and irregularity of the cornea)
- Fuchs’ Dystrophy (progressive loss of endothelial cells)
- Bullous Keratopathy (advanced corneal swelling resulting in small corneal blisters)
- Corneal scarring from injury or chemical burns
- Corneal ulcers (infections due to bacteria, viruses or fungi)
- Map Dot Fingerprint Dystrophy (irregular surface cells)
- Salzmann’s Nodular Degeneration (small calluses on the corneal surface)
- Pterygium (irregular scar tissue growing onto cornea)
If the cornea becomes damaged and vision is limited, a corneal transplant may be done to help restore some sight.
What To Expect At Your Corneal Evaluation:
A corneal evaluation will encompass everything that our comprehensive eye exam does plus several additional tests:
- Orbscan corneal scanning
- Ultrasound pachymetry
- Endothelial cell count
Please allow 90 to 120 minutes for this examination.
Call 816.746.9800 to schedule a corneal evaluation.