Cornea Eye Specialist

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About Corneal Infections

What is a Corneal Infection?

A corneal infection, or keratitis, occurs when the cornea is damaged by a foreign object or from bacteria or fungi (often from a contaminated contact lens). This can cause painful inflammation and can lead to corneal scarring. In the most serious cases, keratitis can cause blindness. 

Symptoms & Complications

Corneal Transplant Surgery

Corneal Transplant Surgery

The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface of your eye that focuses light. When corneal disease or injury cause clouding or distortion of vision, a corneal transplant may be the best solution.

The first step in a corneal transplant is to find a donor cornea. Currently, there is no wait for a donor cornea in the state of Washington through the Northwest Lions Eye Bank. The donated cornea is thoroughly tested for infectious disease and for its suitability for transplantation.

Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
Possible Complications