The cornea is the clear outermost tissue of the eye that serves to protect the eye from foreign substances. A healthy cornea allows light to pass through, bend onto the lens and focus on the retina (the tissue at the back of the eye).
Just like other parts of the eye, the cornea can become damaged or injured. If scar tissue forms, you can develop vision problems such as blurry or hazy vision. This is because the corneal scar may distort, scatter or block light from refracting onto the lens and retina properly.
Possible Causes of Corneal Scars
- Dry eye
- Penetration injuries
- Improper care of contact lenses
- Keratoconus, a steep curving of the cornea
- Corneal dystrophies that damage the eye tissue
- Corneal ulcers
Ways to Protect Your Eyes, Prevent Corneal Scars
- Have regular eye exams, even if you don’t wear glasses, to identify potential problems
- Wear protective eye gear during sports, when working with power tools or mechanics, doing yard work, etc.
- Practice good eye hygiene, such as not sharing makeup, following contact lens care instructions explicitly, washing your hands before touching your eyes, etc.
Corneal Scar Treatment
Dr. Boozalis can perform a comprehensive eye exam to identify corneal scars and recommend treatment based on the severity of your unique problem:
- Corneal transplant surgery to remove the damaged layers and replace them with donor tissue
- Laser treatment to remove the scar
- Hard contact lenses or eyeglasses
If you are noticing any changes in your vision, schedule an eye exam right away. Early detection of vision problems such as corneal scars in Victoria, TX can help you preserve your eyesight.