Corneal & External Eye Disease

Corneal & External Eye Disease

At University of Mississippi Medical Center, our fellowship-trained corneal specialists offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, including advanced technology and surgical techniques, to evaluate and treat a variety of corneal and external eye diseases. Our ophthalmologists treat disorders of the cornea and outer coats of the eye, including conjunctiva and sclera.

The cornea is the clear front of the eye that covers the colored iris and the round pupil. Light is focused while passing through the cornea so that we can see. To stay clear, the cornea must be healthy.

But something may have happened to your cornea. It may be hazy or damaged because of disease or injury. If the cornea is damaged, it may become swollen or scarred. In any case, its smoothness and clarity may be lost. The scars, swelling or resulting irregular shape cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in glare or blurred vision. Like a foggy window, light no longer passes through it well, so a blurred image forms in your eye.

If vision cannot be corrected satisfactorily using other medical approaches and severe corneal issues persist, a patient may be a candidate for a corneal transplant.


  • Disorders of the cornea and outer coats of the eye, including the conjunctiva and sclera
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal injections
  • Dry eye
  • Tumors of the front portion of the eye
  • Full and partial corneal transplants

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