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Corneal Disease

Corneal Disease

Wilmer specialists diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases and injuries to the cornea (the layer of clear tissue that covers the front of the eye), such as infections and scratches. Patients also have easy access to our team of contact lens specialists and to refractive surgeons who alter the shape of the cornea to improve vision.


Most corneal scratches and injuries cause pain and blurred vision. Often the eye becomes sensitive to light.


For patients whose corneas are permanently clouded or injured, Wilmer surgeons often perform corneal grafts. Hopkins recently led a national study that identified ways to improve the success of corneal transplants, such as identifying those potential recipients least likely to reject the tissue and treating the transplanted cornea with appropriately selected eye drops. Because of their expertise, Wilmer doctors are routinely asked to treat complications sustained elsewhere. They also perform reconstructive surgery to repair trauma to the cornea, iris and lens and to remove foreign objects lodged in the surface of the eye.

> Treated by the Division of Cornea, Cataract, and External Diseases

Sanford Greenberg Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gehlbach Project Selected by Johns Hopkins-Coulter Translational Project Partnership- 06/23/16

Dr. Neil Bressler Speaks at Senate Briefing on Special Diabetes Program- 06/09/16

Dr. Neil Bressler Discusses Blue Light Effects on the Eyes in the Washington Post- 06/02/16

Dr. Arevalo Honored by National Institute of Ophthalmology in Peru- 5/31/16

Dr. Jennifer Thorne Appointed President-elect of American Uveitis Society- 5/17/16

Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler Elected to the ATA College of Fellows- 5/13/16

Dr. Arevalo Launches New Book at ARVO 2016- 5/09/16

Dr. Elia J. Duh is elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation- 4/28/16

Dr. Maria Valeria Canto Soler Wins BrightFocus Award for Macular Degeneration Research- 4/27/16

Three Wilmer Faculty Voted Most Influential in Field of Ophthalmology- 4/22/2016

Dr. Pradeep Ramulu Wins Pisart Award for Significant Achievement in Vision Science Research- 4/21/16

Dr. Eghrari Receives Alcon Early Career Research Award- 4/13/16

Dr. Quigley Honored by American Glaucoma Society- 4/11/16

Dr. Ian Pitha Awarded Grants for Glaucoma Research- 4/11/16