Cornea

The cornea is the crystal clear tissue covering the front of the eye. It works with the lens of the eye to focus images on the retina and accounts for approximately two-thirds of the eye's total optical power. Sometimes the cornea is damaged through disease, infection or injury. If this affects the light as it enters the eye, it may interfere with vision as well.

Our fellowship-trained, board certified specialists at The University of Kansas Physicians Eye Center have experience dealing with a wide range of diseases and disorders affecting the cornea. Some of the more common conditions include:

  • Corneal Abrasion – a scratch or scrape on the cornea
  • Corneal Dystrophies – genetic eye disorders in which extraneous materials are deposited in the cornea
  • Corneal Erosion – the outer layer of the cornea begins to detach
  • Corneal Laceration – a cut or tear on the cornea
  • Corneal Transplant – damaged or unhealthy cornea tissue is removed and clear donor cornea tissue is put in its place
  • Corneal Ulcer – an open sore on the cornea

  • Our fellowship-trained, board certified physician specializing in cornea and external diseases:
    John Sutphin, MD