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CORNEAL CONDITIONS AND DISEASES

Your cornea is the first line of defense against dirt, germs, abrasions and other irritants that can harm your eye’s many delicate parts. When your cornea is damaged by infection, injury or disease, incoming light can be blocked or distorted, affecting your ability to focus. There is nothing our doctors haven’t seen that can’t be handled. 

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Causes and Treatments for Corneal Diseases

There are more than 20 corneal dystrophies that can cause structural problems within the cornea. Some result from hereditary factors and cannot be prevented. However, vision can be preserved with early detection and treatment.

 

Common corneal afflictions or diseases include:

  • Corneal abrasions (trauma to the eyeball)
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Ocular herpes
  • Shingles

 

Your doctor might use eye drops and colored dyes to diagnose certain conditions. If additional tests are necessary, a specialized microscope may be used to measure your cornea’s thickness or shape. If your cornea is badly damaged, you may be a candidate for a transplant.

 

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  • Did you know that corneal blindness accounts for about 10 percent of all blindness.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Corneal blindness accounts for about 10 percent of all blindness.

  • 46,000 corneas were transplanted in 2012.

    Keratoconus: Overview

  • Cornea eye specialist Dr. Katie J. Macaluso - Sabates Eye Centers

    CORNEA EYE SPECIALIST

    Dr. Katie J. Macaluso, M.D. – Dr. Macaluso sees patients at the Independence, Leawood, Northland and Plaza Eye Centers, plus at Truman Medical Center – University Health and Lakewood.

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or 1-800-742-0020 (toll free).

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  • Examples: cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration.
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YOUR CORNEA AND LASER VISION CORRECTION

The cornea and lens of the eye work together to focus incoming light, like a camera lens, to form an image on the retina located in the back of the eye. The cornea is where the light first enters the front of the eye. It provides about two-thirds of the eye’s focusing power and the lens inside the eye provides the other third.

 

Some eyes focus or refract the incoming light too much, or the eye is longer than normal, so the images of distant objects are formed in front of the retina, and the image on the retina is blurred. This condition is called nearsightedness or myopia. Farsightedness or hyperopia is the opposite condition where the eye is deficient in focusing power resulting in images being formed behind the retina. Patients with hyperopia have difficulty seeing up close but can also have difficulty seeing distances depending on the extent of the problem. Hyperopic eyes are too short.

 

Astigmatism occurs when either the cornea and/or the lens is cylindrical or football-shaped instead of spherical in shape. This creates a frosting of the image with resulting blurred and ghosting vision.

 

These conditions can be corrected with laser vision correction. This outpatient procedure could reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Standard LASIK is performed using the most advanced VISX excimer laser system, and is considered safe and effective in reducing nearsightedness between zero and -8 diopters with or without astigmatism correction up to 5 diopters.

 

Farsightedness can be corrected between 1 and 5 diopters with or without astigmatism correction of 3 diopters. LASIK performed with the advanced excimer laser system is safe and effective in reducing nearsightedness between 0 and -8.0 diopters and/or astigmatism between 0 and 4 diopters. Farsightedness can be corrected between 1 and 6 diopters.

Possible Risks of Corrective Laser Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with a LASIK procedure. It is important to discuss these risks with your doctor before you make the decision to have the surgery. You should NOT have LASIK if:

  • You have collagen vascular, autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases (for example, lupus or AIDS).
  • You are pregnant or nursing.
  • You show signs of keratoconus (a corneal disease).
  • You are taking certain medications, such as Accutane (isotretinoin) or Cordarone (amiodarone).
  • You are being treated for glaucoma.
  • You have uncontrolled diabetes.

At Sabates Eye Centers, we carefully evaluate your eyes and recommend the appropriate procedure for your health and lifestyle.