Cornea Treatment and Surgery Services

Comprehensive Cornea Services in Ventura County, CA

Restore clarity and health to your eyes with Miramar’s dedicated Cornea Services, addressing a variety of corneal conditions.

Corneal Transplant Surgery

The cornea is the clear covering of the front of the eye which bends, or refracts, light rays as they enter the eye. For clear vision to occur, the cornea must have the correct shape and clarity to focus incoming light rays precisely on the retina at the back of the eye. When the cornea becomes cloudy or misshapen from injury, infection or disease, transplantation may be recommended to replace it.

Corneal transplants are usually performed with local anesthesia so there is no pain. During the procedure, the cornea is replaced with one from a human donor. The new cornea carries little risk of rejection and can last for many years.

Treatment of Corneal Infections

The cornea is a thin, clear, spherical layer of tissue on the surface of the eye that provides a window for light to pass through. In a healthy eye, the cornea bends or refracts light rays so they focus precisely on the retina in the back of the eye.

There are many diseases that can affect the cornea, causing pain or loss of vision. Disease, infection or injury can cause the cornea to swell (called “edema”) or degrade (become cloudy and reduce vision).

Corneal Cross-Linking

Corneal cross-linking is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that combines the use of Photrexa® Viscous (riboflavin 5’-phosphate in 20% dextran ophthalmic solution), Photrexa® (riboflavin 5’-phosphate ophthalmic solution) and the KXL® system for the treatment of progressive keratoconus.

The safety and effectiveness of corneal cross-linking has not been established in pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding, patients who are less than 14 years of age and patients 65 years of age or older.

Corneal cross-linking stiffens corneas that have been weakened by disease. Photrexa® solutions are the first and only therapeutic products for corneal cross-linking which have been FDA approved to treat progressive keratoconus, and we offer them to patients in our practice.

Pterygium Treatment and Surgery

At Miramar Eye Specialists, we’re experts in treating pterygium, a condition where the conjunctiva grows over the cornea, leading to irritation, dryness, and vision changes. Early detection is key, and our team provides personalized care from your first visit to the choice of treatment tailored just for you.

We offer various treatments, from simple eye drops for mild irritation to advanced surgeries for more serious cases. Our goal is to reduce recurrence and improve your vision with the most compassionate and comprehensive care available.

DSEK Surgery

DSEK is the latest technique in corneal transplantation. Short for Descemet-stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty, DSEK offers clear post-operative vision and short recovery time to patients in need of new corneas.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes a mark in the surface of the patient’s cornea with a trephine (an instrument used to cut circular sections of tissue). This mark serves two purposes: it helps the surgeon determine what size the transplant should be, and also it outlines the area of the patient’s cornea that needs to be removed. Next, the surgeon scores the damaged section of the cornea and removes the membrane away from the eye. Then the donor cornea is folded into a “taco” shape and placed on the eye. A single stitch closes the incision.

Sometimes the new cornea unfolds on its own; other times, the surgeon unfolds it him/herself. When it is unfolded, a second stitch is made to close the wound and anchor the new cornea in place. The surgeon then injects an air bubble underneath the cornea, making sure it is centered on the eye, and dilates the pupil with eye drops.

PKP Surgery

An improperly curved cornea may be corrected surgically for patients whose cornea curvature is too steep or flat to be treated with other methods, or when extensive damage has occurred due to disease, infection or surgery. Corneal transplantation, also known as keratoplasty, may be performed in patients that have the following conditions: Dry eyes, Blepharitis, Corneal ulceration, Corneal dystrophies, Pterygia, Traumatic injury.

Cornea transplant involves replacing the entire thickness of the cornea with a donor graft. The new cornea is sutured into place, and then stitches are usually removed after a year. It may take this long for vision to be restored to satisfactory levels as well requiring many patients to wear glasses or contact lenses after this procedure.

Treatment of Dry Eyes

We understand the discomfort and disruptions that dry eyes can cause in your daily life. Our dedicated team is committed to addressing this common condition, focusing on identifying the underlying causes of your dry eye symptoms. By providing thorough evaluations, we aim to offer effective strategies tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle, ensuring your comfort and improving your eye health.

Our approach to managing dry eyes centers around education and personalized care. We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their eye health, including simple lifestyle adjustments and practices that can alleviate symptoms. Join the many individuals who have found relief from dry eyes with our comprehensive care at Miramar Eye Specialists.

Punctal Plugs

At Miramar Eye Specialists, we provide specialized treatment for dry eyes, including the use of Punctal Plugs, a simple yet effective procedure designed to alleviate symptoms. Dry eyes can significantly impact your daily life, causing discomfort such as itching, burning, or the sensation of a foreign body in the eye.

Punctal Plugs help retain moisture on the eye by blocking the tear ducts through which tears usually drain. This treatment is especially beneficial for patients whose dry eye condition does not improve with standard treatments like artificial tears or medications.