The cornea is the thin, clear, dome-shaped surface consisting of cells and proteins. It’s also the outermost layer of the eyeball and covers the front of the eye. The cornea is smooth and clear, and at the same time, strong and durable. It’s also essential in protecting the rest of the eye from harmful matter, acting as a window that controls and focuses the entry of light into the eye.

The cornea’s position in the eye leaves it susceptible to injuries and infections. The cornea is easily scratched and, if affected deeply enough, can lead to symptoms like pain, blurred vision, redness, light sensitivity and tearing. Anytime you feel these symptoms, it’s essential to make an appointment and receive treatment.

Here is a list of common corneal diseases and disorders:

  • Allergies
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Infections
  • Dry Eye
  • Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy
  • Shingles
  • Keratoconus
  • Lattice Dystrophy
  • Map-Dot-Fingerprint Dystrophy
  • Ocular Herpes
  • Pterygium
  • Refractive Errors


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