Corneal and External Diseases

As one of only a few sites across the nation to offer corneal cross-linking, we’re bringing the latest advancements in corneal and external disease therapies to patients in West Virginia communities and beyond.

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Advanced vision technology and targeted treatments for patients with corneal and external conditions

The WVU Eye Institute provides both medical and surgical treatment of disorders that affect the cornea and other external structures of the eye. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped structure that transmits and focuses light into the eye and serves an important protective function. When the cornea is misshapen or scarred, vision can be compromised.

Corneal and External Conditions We Treat

Cornea specialists at the WVU Eye Institute offer the latest diagnosis and treatment methods for a wide range of cornea conditions, including:

  • Complex and mature cataracts
  • Cornea inflammation or infection
  • Corneal dystrophies and degenerations
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Dislocated lenses
  • Dry eyes
  • Keratoconus
  • Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
  • Pink eye

Corneal and External Treatments and Services

WVU Eye Institute specialists will perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your individual cornea condition and perform any necessary tests using advanced vision technology. Based on your diagnosis, a cornea specialist may recommend a variety of treatment methods, including:

  • Cornea transplantation
  • Corneal cross-linking
  • Cataract surgery for high-risk patients
  • Laser vision correction
  • Lens implants
  • Trauma reconstruction

One of the Few Centers in the Nation Offering Corneal Cross-Linking Procedure 

The WVU Eye Institute is among only a few institutes in the country to provide patients with corneal cross-linking for keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia, conditions that cause the cornea to become thinner, bulge out, and cause blurred vision. 

By applying special vitamin B2 eye drops and ultraviolet light, this outpatient procedure can help stiffen the cornea, limit progression of keratoconus, and reduce the need for corneal transplantation in the future. Corneal cross-linking usually only needs to be performed once to achieve desired results. Talk with a WVU Eye Institute cornea specialist to see if you’re a candidate for corneal cross-linking.

Funding Visual Science Research

Making untreatable vision problems treatable: WVU receives $11M for visual sciences research center

Latest News

A clinical trial conducted by the WVU Eye Institute for the use of EYELEA, an injection medication, has led to FDA approval for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

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Clinical Research

The experts at the WVU Eye Institute conduct ongoing clinical trials and research studies.

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Academic Programs

Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences.

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Make an appointment: Call 855-WVU-CARE, or schedule online.

Our Providers

Lingo Lai, MD

Associate Professor

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Thomas Mauger, MD

Chair, WVU Eye Institute; Professor

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Ebru Toker, MD

Associate Professor

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WVU Eye Institute Main Campus

1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call
855-WVU-CARE or schedule online.