Cornea & External Disease

Think of the cornea as the window to the eye.

What is the Cornea?

The cornea is the clear front surface of the eye situated directly in front of the iris and pupil. The cornea allows light to enter the eye and provides 65% to 75% of the eye’s focusing power.

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The cornea must be clear, smooth, and healthy for good vision.

The cornea is where disease and damage can occur the most easily. Most refractive errors — nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism — are a result of less than optimal curvature or symmetry of the cornea.

Jervey Eye Group physicians can detect if eye disease or eye injury has damaged your cornea. Some common cornea problems include keratoconus, abrasion, infections, scarring, dystrophies, ulcer, pterygium, and others.

What are the symptoms of corneal disorders?

Many symptoms are the same as other eye conditions including:

  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Pain

Corneal issues can range from minimal to severe with extensive vision loss. Whether your cornea has experienced damage or disease, or is curved in a way that challenges your vision, our expert physicians will help to correct and treat your condition so you can begin enjoying good vision again — or perhaps for the first time.

Treatment Options

If your cornea cannot be healed or repaired with medication, lubrication, specialized contact lenses, minor surgery, or laser procedures, your ophthalmologist may recommend a corneal transplant. This process involves removing all or part of the cornea and replacing it with healthy donor tissue from an eye bank. Depending on which layers of the cornea are diseased or damaged, a full or partial corneal transplant may be required.

Our Locations

Comprehensive eye care where you need it

Our modern, efficient facilities include four offices in Greenville, Simpsonville, and Easley. Each offers one-stop convenience for examinations, eyewear selection, purchase, and fittings.

Stevens Street – Greenville

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Halton Road – Greenville

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Simpsonville

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Easley

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