Preserving your eyesight is one of the most important health responsibilities a person can have. Problems with your corneas can keep you from enjoying activities like reading, writing, sports, and driving. If your cornea is damaged, you may ultimately require a cornea transplant to restore your vision.
A Closer Look at the Cornea
The cornea may appear transparent and lacking substance, but it is actually a very organized tissue. This tissue has no blood supply to nourish it or remove toxins. It receives nutrition from something called the aqueous humor, which is a type of fluid located behind the cornea.
Your tears are another way that the cornea can receive nourishment, even without a blood supply. Each time we blink, tears wash over the cornea, which keeps it moist and helps guard it against infection.
The role of the cornea is to act as a barrier against anything that can harm the eye, such as germs, dirt, and other particles. The cornea is part of a system with this responsibility, including the eyelids and tears. It also helps your vision by focusing light entering your eye. It is tasked with most of your eye’s focusing power.
Your corneas can be affected by a variety of conditions that can harm it. Although it can heal from small scratches or injuries, deeper injuries can lead to scarring, causing a haze in your visual field. Allergies, like those caused by pollen, can affect your corneas. Dry eyes can also be a problem for your corneas, leading to a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes.
The Cornea Transplant Procedure
If your cornea is so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired, you will probably need a cornea transplant. The procedure involves the skillful removal of the cornea, replacing it with healthy tissue from a donor. The cornea transplant is the most commonly performed transplant, with almost 50,000 transplants annually.
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You don’t have to live the rest of your days dealing with impaired vision due to cornea issues. You should make an appointment at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington to see if a cornea transplant can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!