Patricia S. Bainter, MD
Dr. Bainter is a board-certified ophthalmologist. She received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and her MD from the University of Colorado in Denver, CO. She completed an internal medicine internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO, followed by an ophthalmology residency and a cornea and external disease fellowship, both at the University of Colorado. She became board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1998 and recertified in 2008. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bainter practices general ophthalmology including cataract surgery and management of corneal and anterior segment diseases. She has volunteered in eye clinics in the Dominican Republic and Bosnia. She currently practices at One to One Eye Care in San Diego, CA.
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
- What is the cornea?
- What are the different types of corneal disease?
- What are the signs and symptoms of corneal disease?
- How is corneal disease diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for corneal disease?
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What is the cornea?
The cornea is the clear tissue at the front and center of the eye. Its clarity (translucence) permits light to pass into the eye, through the pupil and on to the retina at the back of the eye. Its curvature focuses (refracts) the light.
What are the different types of corneal disease?
There are several conditions that can affect the cornea, including infections (such as bacterial or viral keratitis), trauma, genetic disorders, degenerative disorders, autoimmune disorders, nutrition deficiencies, allergies, dystrophies and ectatic disorders (such as keratoconus), inflammatory diseases, and growths. The cornea can also be damaged secondarily by other eye conditions such as tear film abnormalities and dry eye, eyelid disorders, and glaucoma.
What are the signs and symptoms of corneal disease?
Blurred vision occurs whenever a disease affects either the clarity or the curvature of the cornea. Pain, sometimes quite severe, occurs if the illness affects the nerves in and near the cornea. Trauma resulting in cuts or abrasions of the cornea may also cause pain. Irritation and light sensitivity are common symptoms in many disorders affecting the surface of the cornea.
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