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Corneal Function

What is the cornea? The cornea is the clear dome-like structure that covers the iris, or colored part of your eye. The cornea is clear to allow light to pass through and focus on the back of the eye. The cornea is susceptible to disease and trauma.

Correcting corneal conditions may or may not require surgery. That is why it is so critical to have a quality cornea specialist to help guide you in deciding your best treatment options. These can be as simple as a small scratch or as complex as a cornea transplant.

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ICON’s fellowship-trained ophthalmologists provide industry-leading care using the latest, advanced technology and techniques.

Cornea Conditions
  • Corneal abrasion (scratched cornea): You will usually notice significant irritation and/or pain along with light sensitivity. Your vision may also be poor. Treatment includes lubrication with artificial tears and typically a bandage contact lens is placed on the cornea to allow the scratched area to heal.
  • Fuchs Dystrophy: A condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the cornea and causes it to swell. If mild, it can be treated with drops and ointments. However, surgery may be required if it affects vision. Our experienced Grand Junction cornea specialists are able to perform this surgery which requires a partial corneal transplant.
  • Corneal ulcers: Usually from contact lens wear, these can range from mild to sight threatening. If you wear contact lenses and experience redness, pain, and/or light sensitivity, we recommend prompt evaluation. Our Grand Junction cornea eye care providers can accurately diagnose and treat your condition.
  • Corneal infections: The cornea is susceptible to many infections, the most common being viral and bacterial. Herpes simplex and shingles are among the most common viral infections of the cornea and are treated by our ICON Eyecare team.
What Are Intacs® Inserts?

For the treatment of keratoconus and other corneal conditions, your surgeon may recommend the use of Intacs. Intacs are micro-thin, prescription inserts that are placed in the peripheral layer of the cornea to help reshape the steep area of the cornea.

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