Cornea Problems Specialist

David Alevi, MD -  - Ophthalmologist

David Alevi, MD

Ophthalmologist located in Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Cornea problems can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and distort your vision. At South Bronx Eyes: David Alevi, MD, in Concourse Village in the Bronx, Dr. Alevi is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in corneal and refractive laser surgeries. He uses the latest technology and has advanced training and skills to help restore your vision and avoid serious eye complications. Call the New York City office to schedule a consultation or book online to learn more about cornea problems and customized treatments.

Cornea Problems Q & A

What is the cornea?

The cornea is the outermost layer of your eye. It’s the clear, domed surface that covers the front of your eyeball and helps protect the eye from dirt, germs, and particles that could hurt your eye. Corneas also help filter out some of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. 

Your cornea also plays an important role in allowing you to focus on objects you see. As light enters your eye, the cornea bends, or refracts, the light. The curvature of the cornea helps determine how well your eye can focus up close and far away.

What cornea problems can occur?

While the cornea has the ability to heal itself, and often does, it’s still susceptible to certain diseases, infections, and injuries that can cause unpleasant symptoms and affect your vision. Some conditions that can damage your cornea and affect your vision include:

  • Keratoconus: a progressive disease in which your cornea becomes thinner and changes shape
  • Pterygium: a wedge-shaped growth on your cornea
  • Pinguecula: a benign growth in the conjunctiva on your cornea
  • Keratitis: an inflammation of the cornea
  • Dry eye: a condition in which your eye doesn’t produce enough tears or does produce tears of poor quality
  • Corneal dystrophies: a condition in which parts of the cornea become cloudy

These cornea problems can cause a range of symptoms including pain, tearing, and blurred vision, so it’s important to get them checked out by Dr. Alevi as soon as you experience any issues. 

How does keratoconus affect your vision?

As your cornea changes shape, the curvature of the cornea also changes, creating a distortion called astigmatism. Astigmatism can be mild or severe and usually leads to nearsightedness, so you have trouble seeing objects that are far away. Left untreated, keratoconus can cause swelling, scarring of corneal tissue, and vision loss. 

You might get keratoconus as a result of eye trauma, other eye diseases, or as a condition you’re genetically predisposed to. 

What treatments are effective for cornea problems?

Dr. Alevi creates a customized treatment plan based on your individual symptoms and the extent of your corneal conditions. 

Laser surgery is often effective at reshaping and restoring your cornea. Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) uses ultraviolet light and laser technology to treat corneal dystrophies. 

Another treatment option is corneal transplant surgery. Corneal tissues are the most transplanted tissue in the world, and Dr. Alevi specializes in corneal and refractive laser surgeries. 

If you need laser-assisted or corneal transplant surgery, he has the knowledge and experience to help restore your eye so you can see clearly again. 

To learn more about cornea problems, call the office for an appointment or book online.