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Cornea & External Disease Services

The cornea is the window to the eye. It allows light to pass through to the retina, which in turn enables us to see. To see clearly, the cornea must remain healthy. When the cornea becomes cloudy from disease, injury or infection, a corneal transplant may be needed. Other issues such as abnormal steepening of the cornea (keratoconus), corneal edema or swelling following surgery, and some aging processes can also affect the health of the cornea. Some disorders of the cornea are inherited and can lead to corneal clouding and loss of sight.

Should you, or a loved one, have cornea damage and require cornea treatment such as a corneal transplant, you can feel comfortable knowing that the experts at the Storm Eye Institute at MUSC Health can help you see clearly again. We offer cornea treatment in the areas of Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Goose Creek. Our cornea and refractive specialist is at the forefront of the most technologically advanced procedures for individuals suffering from damaged corneas and other complex eye conditions.

Using the latest technology and techniques available, our surgeons remove the impaired portion of the cornea and replace it with tissue from a healthy donor cornea. Corneal transplantation is successful in 90 percent of cases, restoring sight and, in some cases, even providing sight for the first time.

If you or someone you know, would like more information about corneal transplantation and cornea treatment, contact the Storm Eye Institute at 843-792-2020.