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Cornea

The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped layer on the front of your eye that helps focus light, so you can see clearly.

If your cornea becomes damaged or diseased, treatment options are available to restore your vision, reduce pain and improve the appearance of your cornea. At Eye Surgeons of Indiana, we have cornea specialists who can help you.

Common Corneal Conditions and Treatment Options

Fuchs Dystrophy—swelling and clouding of the cornea. This defect begins with the destruction of the endothelium cells that regulate the fluid in the cornea. With these cells gone, the fluid builds up and causes the cornea to swell. One of its first signs is hazy vision in the morning. As the disease progresses, the fluid buildup in the cornea will remain until evening, which means patients will then experience hazy vision all day long. If left untreated, blisters can form in the cornea and eventually burst.

Pterygium—tissue growth on the cornea that begins in the conjunctiva. Believed to be the result of overexposure to ultraviolet rays and environmental irritants, this condition can obscure a patient’s eyesight if the growth expands towards the cornea.

Pterygium may begin as pinguecula, which is a yellowish deposit of protein, fat, or calcium in the conjunctiva. As the raised tissue filled with blood vessels continues to grow, patients may feel a gritty, burning feeling in their affected eye. The abnormal tissue growth will reduce tear production, so dry eyes are also a symptom. 

Keratoconus—progressive disease that causes corneal thinning and visual distortion. The speed of the disease’s progression varies, but many patients experience a rapid deterioration of their sense of sight. Vision becomes blurry and cloudy as the cornea thins and bulges outward in a cone-like shape. Patients also become more sensitive to light.

A cornea transplant may be necessary if the disease reaches an advanced stage, but if detected early, corneal collagen cross-linking surgery can treat keratoconus. 

What is Corneal Cross-Linking?

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Cornea Specialists

We are pleased to announce that Eye Surgeons of Indiana now has offices in Muncie and Kokomo effective December 30, 2023.

The Muncie office is located at 5091 West Bethel Avenue, Suite 150 – Muncie, IN 47304. Specialists at the Muncie location will include Drs. Michael Hodkin, Anthony Lombardo, Kennedy Reed, Karen Skurner, James Stewart, and Shaun Swindler. Muncie Surgical Care Center is located at the same address in Suite 100 with specialists Drs. Michael Hodkin, Anthony Lombardo, and Shaun Swindler.

The Kokomo office is located at 2302 South Dixon Road, Suite 100 – Kokomo, IN 46902. Specialists at the Kokomo location will include Dr. Karen Skurner.

Office hours will be Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. Please call us at 317.841.2020 with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you in Muncie and Kokomo.

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