Cornea and External Disease is a sub-specialty that relates to the management of a wide range of high-risk, complex corneal and external eye diseases.
The cornea is located on the front of the eye, and is a clear, dome-shaped structure that we use to actually see. Corneas can become damaged in a number of ways including: Degeneration, inflammation, infections, allergies, injury, and inherited diseases and dystrophies. External disease is referring to conditions that affect the eyelids and conjunctiva that affect the functionality of the eyes themselves.
Common conditions of the cornea include: Infections that can be caused by bacteria or viruses, Allergy related conditions, dry eye, hereditary conditions, shingles and herpes simplex infections, and scarring as a result of trauma, injury, or complications from previous eye surgeries.
Common external disease conditions include: Atropic Conjunctivitis and Blepharitis.
The conditions above can result in pain and ocular irritation which can in turn lead to the loss of vision.
There are many different types of medical treatment available for these conditions. They can range from remedies like artificial tears, to prescription medicine and specifically formulated eye drops.
Quigley Eye Specialists’ Emmanuel Kai-Lewis, M.D. is a surgical specialist in Cornea and External Disease, as well as cataract / lens implant surgery and complex surgical procedures involving the anterior segment of the eye. If you require corneal surgery, you will be in good hands with Dr. Kai-Lewis.