cornea surgery.

What is Corneal Disease?

The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped window covering the front of the eye. It is a powerful refracting surface, providing 2/3 of the eye’s focusing power. Like the crystal on a watch, it gives us a clear window to look through.

Because there are no blood vessels in the cornea, it is normally clear and has a shiny surface. The cornea is extremely sensitive - there are more nerve endings in the cornea than anywhere else in the body. The adult cornea is only about 1/2 millimeter thick and is comprised of 5 layers: epithelium, Bowman's membrane, stroma, Descemet's membrane and the endothelium.

Corneal Disease – Fuch’s dystrophy is an inherited condition that affects the delicate inner layer (endothelium) of the cornea. Fuch’s is detected by examining the cornea with a slit lamp microscope that magnifies the endothelial cells thousands of times. Treatment can include medication or surgery as indicated.

If you have questions about cornea surgery, please give us a call or come in to our Somerset NJ location and one of our professionals can help you understand your options.

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