The cornea is the outermost layer of your eye, covering the pupil and iris. Completely free of blood vessels, the cornea is clear, comprised of five separate layers, and serves as:
Your cornea can be damaged by diseases like:
Although conditions that can affect your cornea vary, the most common symptoms for nearly any corneal complication are pain and discomfort. Other common symptoms include:
If you suspect you have a corneal disease, schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist at South Shore Eye Care, who can use a variety of tools and equipment to examine your eye for problems. Specific testing depends on your symptoms.
Many corneal diseases cannot be prevented, but you do have some control over the spread of infection. The best way to protect your cornea and external eye include:
Additionally, scheduling eye exams according to your ophthalmologist’s recommendations can ensure that corneal disease is detected early, expediting treatment and limiting long-term damage to your eye.
Aside from your regularly scheduled visits, you should see an eye doctor if you:
These can be indications of conditions that require further evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.