Dr. Pelletier MD, FACS renders care to patients who suffer from many types of corneal (the eye’s outermost layer) problems. Examples of diagnoses commonly treated at Plessen Ophthalmology include keratoconus, herpes simplex keratitis, herpes zoster, corneal infections, inflammations, scars, dystrophies, and bullous keratopathy. While many of these conditions are treated medically, a small percentage will eventually require surgery. Depending on the type of corneal problem present, both of you will discuss and eventually select the transplantation for which you are best suited.
Signs of corneal problems can include redness around the cornea and/or corneal cloudiness. Symptoms include:
- Visual impairment, such as blurred or cloudy vision
- Severe pain in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Some patients have additional symptoms of headache, nausea, and fatigue.
If your cornea cannot be healed or repaired, your ophthalmologist may recommend a corneal transplant. This is when the diseased cornea is replaced with a clear, healthy cornea from a human donor.