Corneal Disease

The cornea is the clear, transparent tissue at the front-most part of the eye, functioning as the window to the eye. The cornea, together with the natural lens inside the eye, refract (or bend) light coming from the outside world and refocus them onto the retina for a clear image. Therefore, any disease or process that interferes with the cornea may interfere with this light-bending process and blur one’s vision.

Corneal diseases result from many causes ranging from infectious, inflammatory, structural, and traumatic origins. A few examples are illustrated below. If you have a corneal disease that adversely affects your sight, please see our fellowship-trained cornea specialist for a medical consultation. Some corneal diseases may cause irreversible vision loss if not treated in a timely manner.

- Clear cornea picture

Corneal Disease 2

- Infectious: Herpes simplex virus & Herpes zoster virus

Corneal Disease 2

- Inflammatory: Interstitial Keratitis

Inflammatory: Sarcoidosis uveitis

- Structural: Keratoconus, Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy (pictured)

Fuchs dystrophy

- Traumatic: Corneal Laceration

DALK1

DALK2

- Surgery: Corneal Transplants

DALK1

DALK2

The normal cornea can also be artificially manipulated to change its refractive properties to improve a person’s vision. This is the concept behind LASIK and PRK. For more information please click here to view our LASIK page.

LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery

At Eye Physicians of North Houston we strive to offer the best technology for our patients. The LenSx® Laser System enables patients to choose a blade-less procedure with the use of a femtosecond laser, which combines a laser patient interface with an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) image-guidance system to create precise incisions in the lens and cornea. The LenSx® Laser System allows our doctors to achieve the safest and most consistent visual outcome for our patients.

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Cataracts. See everything
as it should be.

Cataracts are an opacity, or clouding, of the lens of the eye. The prevalence of cataracts increases dramatically with age. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI), more than half of all Americans age 80 and above either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common performed surgeries in the United States.

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