Cornea and External Eye Disease

What is Cornea and External Eye Disease?

A range of eye conditions can affect the external eye or ocular surface, including allergies, conjunctivitis, dry eyes, corneal infections, and corneal dystrophies. Some are easily resolved with medications, while others might require surgery. Cizik Eye Center ophthalmologists are experts in identifying and treating diseases of the cornea and external eye. They can also provide advanced treatments, including medications, laser surgery, and corneal transplants.

What You Can Expect at the Cizik Eye Clinic

The Cizik Eye Clinic opened in 2007 and is housed in Memorial Hermann Plaza at 6400 Fannin Street. It includes dozens of exam areas, multiple operating rooms, and laser suites equipped with the most sophisticated equipment available for patient care.

People travel from across the country and the world for treatment at the Cizik Eye Clinic, in part because our affiliation with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth provides unmatched resources and expertise. Our friendly staff works diligently to make your visit pleasant and efficient, as we maximize patient flow through everything from routine eye exams to the most advanced eye surgeries.

Our physicians are faculty members at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology or are board eligible. At the Cizik Eye Clinic, we understand that the eye is a small part of a whole patient who deserves top-notch, comprehensive care in a cutting-edge facility.

Causes of Cornea and External Eye Disease

The cornea is the clear outer layer of the eye that covers the pupil, iris, and anterior chamber. Its job is to refract light, but there are conditions that might prevent it from performing properly. Deep abrasions, for example, could cause scars that could lead to visual impairments. Injury, infection, hereditary conditions, and allergic reactions to medication can also cause cornea or external eye disease.

One common corneal disorder, keratoconus, happens when the cornea thins and bulges. It can be treated with special contact lenses, surgery, or laser procedures. ​

Symptoms of Cornea and External Eye Disease

Eye pain, eye discharge, and excessive tearing may be symptoms of a cornea or external eye condition. Patients may also experience reduced vision and sensitivity to light. Nausea, headaches, and fatigue are also potential symptoms.

Diagnosis of Cornea and External Eye Disease

Your ophthalmologist will discuss your symptoms and conduct a full eye exam that includes dilating your pupil to see inside your eye. Special eye drops will be used to widen your pupil. Your doctor can see if you have any eye damage or blocked vision. Several other exams might also be conducted, including tests to measure the structure, thickness, and pressure inside the eye.

Treatment of Cornea and External Eye Disease

For common eye conditions, including allergies, minor injuries, and infections, your doctor may prescribe special eyedrops or eye ointment. Some conditions may require glasses or contact lenses. Laser surgery might be conducted to reshape or restore the cornea. Surgery might also be performed if a foreign object needs to be removed from the cornea or if an injury to the cornea needs to be repaired.

A number of cornea procedures can be performed to correct specific issues, including cornea inlays and corneal transplant. Your doctor will discuss the procedure that will best help restore your vision.

Contact Us

At Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, we offer patients access to highly specialized eye and vision care. To ask us a question, schedule an appointment, or learn more about us, please call (713) 486-9400, or click below to send us a message. In the event of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.