Conditions that affect the cornea and conjunctiva are considered disorders of the ocular surface. Dry eye, blepharitis, epithelial basement membrane dystrophy, conjunctivochalasis, and ocular allergy are some of the most common ocular surface problems.
Most conditions related to ocular surface disease exhibit some degree of irritation or foreign body sensation. Redness, blurry vision, light sensitivity, and even tearing are not uncommon. An eye doctor usually diagnoses one or more of these conditions.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to make an appointment.
Treatment is tailored to the underlying cause of each condition. Medical therapy is usually enough for milder disease. Artificial tears are routinely helpful. Occasionally surgical treatment is warranted when conservative measures fail, including Superficial Keratectomy, the insertion of Punctal Plugs, or a Keratoprosthesis.
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Dr. Thomas Harvey is an eye surgeon, board certified in Ophthalmology and licensed in Wisconsin, who specializes in cornea surgery, cataract surgery and vision correcting refractive surgery. Appointments to see Dr. Harvey can be made in Eau Claire, Menomonie or Neillsville, Wisconsin.