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.
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
- Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism
- Pink eye
Corneal and External Treatments and Services
- 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
The WVU Eye Institute is the first in the region to offer corneal neurotization, a surgery that reconnects nerves to the eye in order to restore sensation.
The experts at the WVU Eye Institute conduct ongoing clinical trials and research studies.
Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences.