To provide the best possible eye care for patients in Eastern Idaho
Knowledgeable, friendly, and thorough service
Optimal eye health and vision
Comprehensive eye care, unique to you
What is the cornea?
The cornea is the clear dome-shaped tissue on the front of the eye. It protects the eye from germs and debris while providing a clear path for light to enter the eye and focus on the retina. It consists of five discreet layers including the epithelium, Bowman’s layer, stroma, Descemet’s membrane, and endothelium.
Am I at risk for corneal conditions?
Some conditions are inherited, however, there are options for reducing the risk of corneal injuries and infections.
It is important to use protective eyewear when:
- Playing sports that use smaller balls or objects, like baseball, hockey or similar sports
- Outside work like weed eating, mowing or trimming trees
- Hobbies that include pneumatic tools
- Using chemicals, like bleach, pesticides, paint, corrosive sprays etc.
Keep contact lenses clean, disinfected and stored properly. Injuries or disease can require a cornea transplant to improve vision.
What is a cornea transplant?
A cornea transplant involves taking healthy tissue from a donor and using it to replace diseased or damaged tissue in a patient’s eye.
There are various types of corneal transplants depending on what portions of the cornea need to be replaced.
The most common include: penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), and Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK).