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The cornea is the outmost surface of the front of the eye. It is clear, dome-shamed, and can be thought of as the “window into the eye”. The main function is to allow light to pass into the eye so it can reach the lens and retina. The cornea also helps to focus light similar to a fixed camera lens. The clarity of the cornea is essential to good vision, and many conditions affect it. The neighboring tissue is the conjunctiva which covers the eyeball (except the cornea), lines the back of the eyelids, and is vital to the health of the cornea. Keeping the cornea and conjunctiva healthy is a vital part of protecting visual health.

A partial list of these conditions includes:

  • Keratoconus
  • Dry Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Viral Infections (Herpes)
  • Ulcers
  • Pterygium
  • Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy
  • Map-Dot-Fingerprint Dystrophy
  • Abrasions
Cornea diagram

Dr. Dwarakanathan is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist who can help with these and many other conditions. A variety of specific surgeries and medications are possible options for treatment. If you have or may have a cornea issue, request an appointment with Dr. Dwarakanathan today.

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