Conditions and Diseases

Fuchs Corneal Endothelial Dystrophy
This condition is characterized by the failure of the inner lining of cells called the Corneal Endothelium to pump fluid from the cornea.  When the cell lining function fails, the cornea swells and becomes steamy and hazy.  This condition can now be treated by a procedure which replaces the deficient cell layer with a thin donor tissue layer containing properly functioning cells.  This procedure called DSEK is a real advancement in the treatment of Fuchs Dystrophy.

Keratoconus
keratoconusA common condition in which the cornea becomes thin and irregular in shape. The loss of vision which results from this condition cannot be corrected with eye glasses or standard contact lens.  WVU Eye Institute offers specialized contact lens fitting which can often restore vision and provide comfortable wear.  In situations where contact lens are not an option, surgical procedures such as implanting INTACS plastic ring segments or cornea transplant can improve vision.

Ocular Infections and Inflammatory Diseases
Common infections of the eye such as that caused by Herpes Simplex/ Zoster as well as bacterial and fungal organisms require specialized care which is offered at WVU Eye Institute.  Inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Sarcoidosis can affect the structure of the eye and result in loss of vision if untreated.  The cornea service at WVU Eye Institute often works together with the Department of Rheumatology to treat these vision threatening conditions.