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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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Faculty in the News


The Company Behind Gore-Tex is Coming for Your Eyeballs

Wilmer researcher Esen Akpek, M.D. is highlighted in this Bloomberg article detailing recent developments in artificial cornea experiments by W.L. Gore. Read more.


Dr. Oliver Schein Receives 2018 Armstrong Award

Oliver Schein, M.D., M.P.H. was honored as a recipient of the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety, which is presented to the physicians who partner with patients, families, colleagues and staff members to optimize patient outcomes and eliminate preventable harm. Read more about Dr. Shein's commitment to improving patient outcomes, and watch him discuss the keys to such improvements in a short video interview.

6 Health Conditions That Can Cause Dry Eyes You Might Not Be Aware Of

Wilmer's Esen Akpek, M.D. lends her expertise to this article highlighting six health conditions that can lead to dry eyes. Read more.

Hopkins Researchers Advance Understanding of Retinoblastoma Tumor Spread

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

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.

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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