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Shaaf Eye Center's team is able to diagnosis and provide treatment for many corneal conditions. Whether you are in need of refractive surgery to improve your vision or need help managing common corneal conditions - we can help! The first step in improving corneal health is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for an accurate diagnosis and better understanding of the underlying cause of your vision issue. From there we can develop a treatment plan customized to meet your needs!

Good vision depends on how well your cornea and lens focus light rays on the retina.  When an individual is suffering from blurred vision that can’t be corrected through contacts or glasses, or is experiencing pain, redness and tearing for no known reason, underlying corneal disease may be to blame.

The ophthalmologists at Shaaf Eye Center can help diagnose and treat corneal issues and ocular disease and provide appropriate treatment aimed at helping you improve and preserve vision for life.

Symptoms of corneal conditions:

With its ability for quick repair, the cornea usually heals after most injury or disease. However, when there is deep injury to the cornea, the healing process may be prolonged, possibly resulting in a variety of symptoms, including:

Causes of corneal conditions:

Red Itchy Eyes – It May Be Allergies

Ocular Allergies, most commonly brought on by pollen, are a very common culprit for itchy red eyes. Eye Allergies do not generally require medical attention and are most commonly treated with antihistamines (a medication that can be purchased over-the-counter in oral or eyedrop form).

However, if you suffer from excessive tearing, dry eyes, stinging, and burning, it’s always a good idea to visit your eye doctor. We can help you address the underlying causes of your seasonal eye issues, and provide treatment plans aimed at keeping your vision in the best shape possible all year round.

Dry eye syndrome, also known as dry eye disease, is a common condition that we see at Shaaf Eye Center. The condition occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears produced are of poor quality. Tears play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the eyes by lubricating, moisturizing, and protecting the surface of the eyes. To learn more about Dry Eye and how we can help treat it visit our Dry Ey Center.

Scratched Cornea / Corneal Scarring

The cornea generally heals quickly on its own after minor scratches and injuries. However, larger injuries can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss. If you have suffered an injury to the eye or are currently dealing with an ocular disease that can result in corneal scarring, it is important to be diligent with your eye care appointments.

Inflammation of the Cornea

Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea. The noninfectious type of keratitis can be caused by an injury or by wearing contact lenses for too long. Infectious keratitis is the result of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites entering the eye. This can also be attributed to contact lens wearing, especially if poor hygiene is a factor. This infection is generally treated with antibacterial eye drops.

Pterygium is a non-cancerous growth on the front surface of the eye and may be caused by UV light exposure, dust, wind, and dry eye. It can appear as a pink or red growth on the white part of the eye and may continue to grow toward the pupil. If this happens or begins to cause discomfort, it can be removed. New technologies use donor amniotic grafts and tissue glue which increase comfort and speed recovery time.

At Shaaf Eye Center we offer Pterygium removal with adjunctive use of Mitomycin C and Amniograft

Cloudy Eye Sight and Loss of Clarity

A corneal dystrophy is a condition in which the cornea loses clarity due to a buildup of materials which cloud the cornea. This type of condition is generally inherited and happens in otherwise healthy people. One Type of Dystrophy is fuch’s dystrophy. Fuch’s dystrophy is a condition that causes corneal swelling and vision loss. This condition is caused by fluid leaking into the cornea as a result of weakened endothelial cells. The excess fluid causes the cornea to thicken, swell and become cloudy.

When severe, this condition may also be treated with a corneal transplant. Our team can assist with a physician’s referral when necessary.

Keratoconus is one of the most common corneal dystrophies in America. Keratoconus causes the cornea to become thin and bulge outward in a cone-like shape. This results in blurry, distorted vision that can worsen over time. Mild to moderate keratoconus is usually treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses. In more severe cases, surgery may be required and the ophthalmologists at Shaaf Eye Center can help you with a physician’s referral.

What are refractive errors and refractive surgery?

Refractive errors are vision problems caused by a cornea that is not shaped perfectly. The cornea is the clear part at the front of the eye. It bends and focuses light waves. Refractive errors cause light from an object not to be focused on the retina. This causes a blurred image. Refractive errors can occur in otherwise healthy eyes. 

Types of Refractive Errors:

Nearsightedness (myopia). Close objects appear sharp. But things in the distance are blurred. The eye is longer than normal from front to back. Or the cornea is curved too much. Images focus in front of the retina instead of on it.

Farsightedness (hyperopia). You can see distant objects clearly. But objects up close are blurred. The eye is shorter than normal. Or the cornea is too flat. Images focus behind the retina.

Astigmatism. Objects are blurred at any distance. The cornea, lens, or both are shaped so that images aren’t focused sharply on the retina.

Presbyopia. This is also known as aging eye. The eye loses its ability to change focus because of the natural aging process. This often occurs between ages 40 and 50. Refractive surgery can’t correct this problem. Surgery can make distance vision clearer. But it may make near vision worse. 

Refractive Surgery

At Shaaf Eye Center we specialize in the following solutions for refractive errors:

  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (“PRK”)
    This is a laser vision procedure which reshapes the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. This is considered an alternative to LASIK but differs in that no flap is created. Instead, the cornea’s epithelium is removed during the procedure, which regenerates during recovery. PRK may be recommended over LASIK for individuals who engage in high-impact sports or are in demanding professions such as the military or law enforcement. Because a corneal flap created during LASIK, the corneal structure is weaker versus procedures like PRK that do not involve a flap.
  • Femtosecond peripheral arcuate incisions for correction of astigmatism generally in conjunction with cataract surgery


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