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What Is the Cornea?

The cornea is the transparent outermost layer of tissue that makes up the eye. Unlike other parts of the eye, the cornea does not contain blood vessels to nourish it. Instead, it must depend on tears and the aqueous humor that is produced behind the cornea. The tears help to keep the cornea moist, helps it to heal wounds and protects it against infection. The cornea can be subject to a number of problems and diseases that may require treatment. An ophthalmologist is an MD that has received years of specialized training in ophthalmology, the treatment of diseases of the eyes. If you develop a problem in the corneas of your eyes, an ophthalmologist can provide skilled treatment for the condition. 

The cornea

What Corneal Problems Commonly Occur?

An injury to the cornea can cause pain in the eye, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, inflammation, as well as nausea, headache, and fatigue. Allergies can also occur, causing, tearing, stinging, burning or itching. Dry eye syndrome is a common problem that can occur when the eyes fail to produce enough tears to moisturize the cornea or if the tears are not of the right consistency to keep the eye moist. Corneal dystrophies can also occur that affect a part, or all, of the cornea. Abnormal growths can also occur on the cornea, such as those that arise from constant exposure to bright sunlight.

What Treatments Are Available For Corneal Diseases?

Antibiotics, steroid solutions, and other medications are commonly used to treat injuries and other problems of the cornea. Small growths on the cornea or eyelids can be removed surgically. Laser surgery can be used to reshape the cornea when certain diseases are present. In severe cases, corneal transplantation is done to remove damaged portions of the cornea and to replace them with sections from a donor. In some cases, the eye doctor will treat a corneal disease with special lenses that change the shape of they eye.

Do the Brandon Eye Associates Treat Corneal Diseases?

The ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Associates can treat corneal diseases, as well as other eye conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts. We can also monitor and treat conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, posterior capsular haze and other diseases. 

Let Brandon Eye Care Associates Be Your Brandon or Plant City Ophthalmologist

The ophthalmologists at Brandon Eye Care can provide the highest quality care for your eyes. We offer Board Certified Eye Surgeons, 19 examination rooms, onsite surgical room and optical center and individualized attention to each patient’s unique needs. Call Brandon Eye Care Associates today at 813-684-2211 for our Brandon location, or 813-754-1869 for our Plant City location to make an appointment with one of our experienced ophthalmologists to discuss ways to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.


I have benefited tremendously from the eye care I received from Brandon Eye Associates

John/ Brandon, FL

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