What is the Cornea?
The eye is comprised of many different layers, with the cornea being the outermost layer. The cornea is an extremely delicate membrane and, unlike other bodily tissues, does not rely on blood flow for the purposes of nutrition or infection protection, but instead receives these benefits from tears as well as a fluid just behind it known as the aqueous humor. Additionally, even though the cornea is itself considered a layer of the eye, it is likewise made up of five additional layers, each of which is subject to its own needs and issues.
Why does this matter to you? In a nutshell, it shows us that what seems to be a clear protective layer is actually much more, and like all complex body systems, it needs to be checked and maintained regularly. There are no Denver-area eye doctors better suited for this job than Dr. Paul Cutarelli.
Cutarelli Vision is a leader in cornea surgery in Colorado. Dr. Cutarelli offers many types of treatments to address your Cornea problems. Contact us today to get started and let Dr. Cutarelli take care of your corneas.
Corneal Transplant, Treatments and Procedures
- Corneal Transplants – In extreme cases, a corneal transplant may be necessary. Dr. Cutarelli has performed many corneal transplant procedures.
- DMEK & DSEK – Cutarelli Vision is always on the cutting edge of vision correction technology, including being one of the first in the Denver area to offer these ground-breaking corneal procedures.
- PTK – Corneal scars, dystrophies and other issues can be corrected by Dr. Cutarelli using this revolutionary technology, avoiding the need for a corneal transplant.
- Fuch’s Dystrophy – Dr. Cutarelli has the technology to both diagnose and treat this slow-growing corneal disease.
- Lens Allergy – Allergic reactions to contact lenses can have a serious effect on the cornea.
- Dry Eyes – If you have insufficient tear production, your corneas can become dry, itchy and irritated.
- Keratoconus – Keratoconus is a condition wherein the cornea becomes misshapen and cone-shaped, often leading to a corneal transplant. Dr. Cutarelli is proficient in the diagnosing and treating of keratoconus.
- Corneal Crosslinking – Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL) is a noninvasive one-hour treatment for progressive Keratoconus and post-LASIK Corneal Ectasia.
- Intacs – If you have keratoconus but haven’t responded well to contact lenses and are facing the possibility of a corneal transplant, Intacs® Corneal Implants might be for you.
- Pterygium – A Pterygium is a non-cancerous growth that appears at the inner corner of the eye and gradually extends towards the cornea. Dr. Cutarelli is an expert in the removal of these growths.
- Second Opinions – Dr. Cutarelli is often sought out for second opinions that relate to cornea-based diagnoses or surgical procedures.