The Cornea and External Disease Service manages patients with diseases of the front of the eye, including corneal and conjunctival infections; keratoconus; cataracts; tumors of the iris and conjunctiva; blepharitis; dry eye; corneal scarring; complications of trauma and ocular surgery; and hereditary corneal diseases, like Fuchs’ Dystrophy. The service has extensive expertise in all forms of partial thickness corneal transplantation, including DMEK, DSAEK/ DSEK, and DALK, in addition to traditional penetrating keratoplasty. Those not eligible for human corneal transplantation may qualify for our Artificial Cornea Program, the largest program of its kind in the Midwest for implanting keratoprostheses. The service also provides access to state-of-the-art imaging technology to quickly and accurately diagnose a wide spectrum of diseases. Cornea specialists also work with the Contact Lens Service to offer advanced contact lens therapies, including the PROSE lens, and offer the opportunity to participate in the latest clinical trials for dry-eye diseases, corneal transplantation, and corneal infections.

To request an appointment, please call 312.996.EYES (3937)