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 light into the eye and serves an important protective function. When the cornea is misshapen or becomes scarred, vision can be compromised.

Conditions We Treat

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

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

Evaluation and Treatment

We 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

Corneal cross-linking
The WVU Eye Institute is among only a few institutes in the country to provide patients with corneal cross-linking for keratoconus, a condition that causes the cornea to become thinner and bulge out. By removing the outer layer of the cornea and applying special vitamin eye drops and ultraviolet light, this minimally invasive, outpatient procedure can help stiffen the cornea and reduce thinning. Corneal cross-linking usually only needs to be performed once to achieve desired results. Talk with a WVU Medicine cornea specialist to see if you’re a candidate for corneal cross-linking.