If you’re suffering from corneal or external eye diseases, you understand the dramatic impact that eye pain and discomfort can have on your quality of life. At South Shore Eye Care in Wantagh and Massapequa, New York, the staff is passionate about alleviating these symptoms so you can focus on what really matters in life. The corneal and external disease experts at South Shore Eye Care have decades of experience in providing innovative treatment in the most difficult cases. If you have seen other doctors without relief, contact South Shore Eye Care to make an appointment — and find relief.
What is the Cornea?
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:
- Protection for your eye, preventing damage from pathogens, dust, and other matter
- The outermost lens, focusing light before it hits the inner lens and is projected onto the retina
What are the Most Common Corneal Conditions and Diseases?
Your cornea can be damaged by diseases like:
- Chronic inflammation
- Chemical, thermal, or traumatic injury
- Hereditary conditions
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Corneal Injury, Infection, or Disease?
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:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Corneal scarring
How is Corneal Disease Diagnosed?
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.
Can Corneal Disease Be Prevented?
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:
- Washing your hands
- Avoiding contact with people who have contagious eye infections
- Protecting your eyes when necessary, such as when welding or working with chemicals
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.
When Should You See a Doctor?
Aside from your regularly scheduled visits, you should see an eye doctor if you:
- Suspect you may have injured or damaged your cornea
- Have an eye infection
- Are experiencing flashes of light
- Experience sudden changes in vision
These can be indications of conditions that require further evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.