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Section of Cornea and External Diseases

Cornea and external disease specialists help patients with problems that affect the following parts of the eye:

  • Cornea (the clear, dome-shaped surface of the eye)
  • Anterior segment (the front third of the eye, including the iris and lens)
  • Conjunctiva (the thin membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball)
  • Eyelids

These specialists treat such problems as cataracts, conjunctivitis, corneal dystrophies, corneal degenerations, corneal ulcers and dry eye.

Cornea and external disease specialists also offer a full range of techniques to correct refractive errors.

If you have a refractive error — and everyone who wears glasses or contact lenses does — the shape of your eye makes it hard for you to focus well. These common vision problems include myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Specialists at Rush can help you evaluate your options for correcting these problems using one of many advanced technologies:

  • Laser eye surgery, including LASIK, PRK and LASEK
  • Incisional treatments such as astigmatic keratotomy and limbal relaxing incisions
  • Radiowave treatments such as conductive keratoplasty
  • Additive treatments such as intrastromal rings
  • Implants, including phakic intraocular lens or implantable contact lenses