Cornea Disease

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center -  - Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeon

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeons located in Boca Raton, FL

Cornea disease can scar your corneas, causing blurred vision and eventually, blindness. Expert ophthalmologists Lawrence Clewner, MD, and William Kelly, MD, diagnose and treat cornea disease at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, Florida. If you’re due for an eye exam or concerned about your eye health, call the office or make an appointment online today.

Cornea Disease Q & A

What is cornea disease?

Your cornea is the transparent outer layer of your eye that covers your iris and pupil. The cornea helps focus light as it enters your eye. Cornea diseases include infections, degenerative conditions, and other hereditary disorders. 

Some of the common types of cornea disease include:


Keratitis is an inflammatory condition that usually develops with a bacterial or fungal infection. It can also occur following an eye injury while wearing contact lenses. In addition to the swelling, keratitis can cause ulceration of your cornea.

Ocular herpes

Ocular herpes is a viral infection that can cause sores on the surface of your cornea that over time penetrate more deeply into the cornea and the rest of your eye. 


Keratoconus is a type of corneal dystrophy, which affects the structure of your cornea. Keratoconus thins your cornea and changes its curvature, which distorts your vision. It can also lead to swelling, scarring, and eventual vision loss.

What are the signs of cornea disease?

Cornea diseases cause various symptoms, including:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive tearing
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity

Many eye diseases cause these symptoms. You should make an appointment at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center if you notice any of these changes. 

The ophthalmologists provide expert exams and testing to identify the condition causing your symptoms so they can deliver the best treatment to heal your eyes and protect your vision. 

How do you diagnose cornea disease?

The team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center diagnoses corneal disease with a comprehensive eye exam. They carefully examine your cornea for abrasions, swelling, and other signs of infection. The ophthalmologists also test the thickness of your cornea.

Your eye doctor performs additional testing to rule out other eye diseases and confirm your diagnosis. 

How is cornea disease treated?

The ophthalmologists at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center provide personalized treatment to address your specific corneal disease. For example, they can prescribe antiviral medication to control ocular herpes. 

Your eye doctor might also recommend laser treatments, including phototherapeutic keratectomy, to correct corneal dystrophies and scarring. In severe cases, when your cornea can’t be repaired, you might need a cornea transplant. 

Call Clewner & Kelly Eye Center or make an appointment online today if you have any symptoms of corneal disease or other eye conditions.