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Cornea and External Eye Disease

The clear, protective, outermost layer of the eye is the cornea. Its dome shaped surface covers the front of the eye and is considered the most important tissue for vision. Along with the sclera (white of the eye), the cornea serves as a barrier against germs and other elements that can harm the eye’s components. All the light that enters the eye is bent by the cornea. If the cornea becomes damaged through disease, infection or injury, the resulting scars or discoloration interferes with vision by blocking light entering the eye.


USF Health ophthalmologists offer diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment for many cornea disorders including:

  • Corneal transplant
  • Cataract surgery
  • Premium intraocular lenses
  • Corneal and anterior segment trauma
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Anterior segment reconstruction
  • Evaluation and management of ocular surface reconstruction
  • Dry eye evaluation and management