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What is a Cornea Specialist?

To maintain optimal eye health, a cornea specialist is often essential. As of September 2024, the Holtebeck Eye Center is excited to welcome Dr. Nausheen Abbas, MD, an accomplished ophthalmologist and cornea specialist, to our team. In this blog, we’ll explore the important role of a cornea specialist, when to see one, and the treatments they offer.

When to See a Cornea Specialist

A cornea specialist is an eye doctor who specializes in conditions affecting the cornea–the clear, outermost layer of the eye. This layer plays an important part in your vision by focusing light into the eye. If you experience symptoms such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, or persistent eye pain, it may be time to consult a corneal specialist. Conditions like corneal ulcers, corneal scarring, and issues with the endothelial cells, which are critical for maintaining corneal health, require expert attention.

Corneal diseases can lead to permanent damage if not treated properly. A specialist in cornea issues can identify these problems early and recommend appropriate treatments to prevent further complications. Whether you are dealing with corneal problems from prolonged contact lens use or have been diagnosed with specific corneal diseases, seeking specialized care may be critical.

Cornea Transplant

For severe corneal damage or disease, a corneal transplant may be appropriate. This procedure consists of using healthy donor tissue to replace the damaged cornea. Corneal transplants can restore vision, reduce pain, and improve the appearance of the cornea. It is a common procedure for those with significant corneal scarring, advanced keratoconus, or other serious corneal conditions.

Dr. Abbas is experienced in performing corneal surgery and transplants. She uses the latest techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Scratched Cornea Treatment

A scratched cornea, or corneal abrasion, is often painful and, if left untreated, can result in serious complications. These complications include infections or corneal ulcers. Common causes of cornea scratching include foreign objects in the eye, improper contact lens use, or accidental injury. Symptoms may include redness, tearing, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.

Treatment for a scratched cornea typically involves the patient avoiding contact lenses until the cornea has healed, using prescribed antibiotic eye drops that help to prevent infection, and possibly using a covering to protect the eye as it heals. If you suspect you have a scratched cornea, it is vital to see a cornea specialist promptly to avoid permanent damage.

Book an Appointment at The Holtebeck Eye Center

The Holtebeck Eye Center provides top-of-the-line care for all your eye health needs. But, don’t take our word for it — check out our latest patient reviews! With the addition of Dr. Nausheen Abbas, MD, we will be your go-to for complex corneal issues in the Brookfield area. Whether you need a consultation for corneal cross-linking to treat keratoconus, management of corneal diseases, or expert advice on contact lenses, we are here to help.

We understand that eye health can be a source of anxiety for many. Our goal is to provide clear, compassionate care and help you feel at ease during your visit. To ensure your vision remains in the best possible condition, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Schedule a cornea specialist consultation, and learn more about how we can assist with your corneal and overall eye health.