The mission of the Cornea and External Disease Service at the Dean McGee Eye Institute is to provide world-renowned expertise and cutting-edge care to our patients, while advancing the frontiers of medical knowledge, and training the next generation of eye specialists. Our faculty are available for consultation for a wide variety of ocular conditions, including corneal dystrophies and degenerations such as keracotonus
, corneal infections, tumors of the conjunctiva and iris, dry eye
, cataracts, allergic and atopic conjunctivitis, and inflammatory diseases such as episcleritis, scleritis, and uveitis.
Modern surgical techniques are used for corneal transplantation (including DSAEK or endothelial keratoplasty), limbal stem cell transplantation, small incision cataract surgery, astigmatism- and presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses, keratoprostheses, and complicated ocular surface and anterior segment reconstruction following burns, infections, or trauma. We also now offer corneal collagen cross-linking (CXT)
as a treatment for keracotonus. The full range of diagnostic tools are available, including anterior segment ultrasound biomicroscopy, confocal microscopy, intraocular lens calculations, photography, fluorescein angiography, corneal topography, pachymetry, ORB and wavefront scans, and optical coherence tomography (OCT).