Corneal Evaluation & Treatment


Corneal Evaluation and Treatment

Our clinic offers a wide range of expertise regarding corneal disease management.  All of our general ophthalmologists can diagnose and treat most corneal diseases. Dr. Gary R. Rylander and Dr. Jason M. Fuerman, cornea-trained specialists, are available for consultation on complex corneal disease cases and also perform corneal transplantation surgery. Below is a list of some of the main corneal diseases that we manage:

Bullous Keratopathy 

A degenerative process in which the cornea swells with blister-like elevations on the surface that may reduce vision and cause painful corneal surface erosions.  If a patient is very symptomatic, cornea transplant surgery may be helpful.

Cornea Transplant Surgery

A procedure that replaces scarred or diseased corneal tissue with clear corneal tissue from an organ donor.

Corneal Abrasion

A scraped area on the corneal surface which may cause a painful foreign-body sensation.

Corneal Ulcers

Lost areas of the outermost layers of the cornea accompanied by an inflammatory response.  May be caused by auto-immune diseases, or bacterial, fungal or viral infections often related to improper contact lens usage.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Characterized by dryness of the ocular surface due to decreased tear production or increased tear loss.  Common eye symptoms include a foreign body sensation, burning, irritation or redness.  In some cases it may result in decreased or fluctuating vision.

Foreign Body Removal

In cases of ocular trauma, material may be deposited on or embed into the surface of the eye.  This causes a foreign body sensation and poses a risk for infection.  Removal of the foreign body is the treatment.

Fuchs’ Dystrophy

a common hereditary condition in which microscopic deposits of material collects on the back surface of the cornea.  It may produce corneal clouding or swelling which can lead to blurred vision.


A pathological condition characterized by thinning and a cone-shaped protrusion of the central cornea, usually in both eyes.  It may cause significant blurring of vision and requires special contact lenses for management or in some cases, corneal transplantation surgery.