Corneas can suffer damage from bacteria, parasites, fungi, blows to the eyes, excessive dryness and even disease suffered by the individual, such as herpes or shingles. They can also suffer from one of several disorders that causes them to scar or become misshapen.
Because corneas are so delicate and one’s good eyesight depends so completely on them, it’s essential to see a doctor immediately if you experience any eye problems. You may notice some of these symptoms:
- Red, inflamed eyes
- Pain and soreness
- Discharge from the eye
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery, weeping eyes
- Feeling that something is in the eye
These symptoms could be accompanied by headache, nausea or fatigue. People who wear contact lenses are more prone to corneal infections and so should be particularly alert to any of these or other symptoms.
Treating the Corneal Problem
The first step is to determine the cause of the symptoms. A culture may be done to determine the cause of an infection. Treatment of a bacterial or fungal infection is normally antibacterial or anti-fungal drops placed in the eye. Some corneal disorders will respond to laser surgery to correct the shape of the cornea and restore the vision.
But some diseases or disorders of the cornea can’t be fully reversed. When a cornea has suffered permanent damage, corneal transplant surgery can restore the eyesight. This procedure is normally done on an outpatient basis. The damaged cornea is removed and a donated cornea is secured with tiny stitches. These stitches may remain for as long as a year.
At St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute, the doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating corneal problems, including providing corneal transplant surgery. Please consult with us with confidence. We are ready to explain the cause of your problem and help you make your choices for treatment so you can preserve your eyesight. Please call us today at 727-500-2020 to schedule a consultation.