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Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Disease

The Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Diseases provides medical and surgical evaluation and management for corneal, cataract, and external disease problems, including corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, dry eye, and laser vision correction.

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Our experts offer treatments and services to manage simple and advanced conditions involving the cornea.

Dr. Yassine DaoudOur Experts
Meet the renowned team of cornea experts who will help find the treatment that is best for you.

Dr. Esen AkpekOur Research
Research efforts are aimed at improving the diagnosis, management and treatment of corneal and external diseases.

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Hopkins Researchers Advance Understanding of Retinoblastoma Tumor Spread

Researchers, including Wilmer's Dr. Jeffrey Mumm and Dr. Charles Eberhart, identify potential new target for stopping spread of eye cancer that causes 3000 child deaths per year. 

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Cornea Concepts- Spring 2018

Our experts share some of the latest clinical advancements in infection control, corneal transplantation and corneal neurotization, as well as news about their innovative research initiatives from regeneration in the eye to battlefield injuries. Read Cornea Concepts

Zebrafish Help Unlock Clues to Human Disease

Jeffrey Mumm, Ph.D., who is researching how to harness the ability to improve regeneration in zebrafish to better understand how to induce regeneration in human eyes, explains how the collaborative Research Core is allowing other scientists to pursue genetic research initiatives using zebrafish. Read more.

Dr. Allen Eghrari Helps Ebola Survivors with Cataract Surgeries

Allen Eghrari, M.D., as part of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL), recently conducted a clinical research study where Ebola survivors and their close contacts benefited from eye cataract removal surgeries. Read more.

Johns Hopkins Team Takes Second in Competition with Corneal Surgery Enhancement

 Allen Eghrari, M.D. served as the clinical sponsor for a team of eight Johns Hopkins University undergraduate students that took second place in the international Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition. They won for their novel design to help transport and implant tissue during corneal surgery. Read more.

Dr. Albert Jun, Chief of the Cornea Division, Publishes New Book on Fuchs Dystrophy

"Current Treatment Options for Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy," edited by Albert Jun, M.D., Ph.D., and Dr. Claus Cursiefen, provides step-by-step descriptions of minimally invasive lamellar transplant techniques such as DSAEK and DMEK, offers guidance on the management of complications of the disease, and examines emerging medical and cell-based approaches to Fuchs endothelial dystrophy. Learn more.

I see the division building upon the energy and intellect of faculty, both junior and senior, who seek to be global leaders in their chosen areas of clinical and academic focus. In this way, we will establish the breadth and depth of expertise necessary to be the world leader in cornea, cataract and external disease care.

- Dr. Albert Jun, Maurice E. Langham, Ph.D., Professor of Ophthalmology; Chief, Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Eye Diseases

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