Dr. Zoran Aleksic performs corneal graft surgery in the event of a corneal injury and Keratoconus in Cape Town, South Africa. Keratoconus is a hereditary disease in which the cornea is shaped irregularly. The causes of eye trauma vary greatly, but usually it results in ruptured globes and corneal lacerations requiring surgical reconstruction.

Learn more about the cornea, corneal disease or injury below.

The cornea is the clear front window of the eye. It transmits light to the interior of the eye allowing us to see clearly. Corneal injury, disease or hereditary conditions can cause clouding, distortion and scarring...

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WHAT IS THE CORNEA?

The cornea is the clear front window of the eye. It transmits light to the interior of the eye allowing us to see clearly. Corneal injury, disease or hereditary conditions can cause clouding, distortion and scarring.

Corneal clouding, much like frost on a glass windowpane, blocks the clear passage of light to the back of the eye, reducing sight sometimes even to the point of blindness. In addition, corneal injury and disease can be painful, sometimes it is the most intense pain we can experience.

WHAT IS THE CORNEA?

WHAT CAUSES CORNEAL DISEASE AND DEGENERATION?

Infections, whether bacterial, fungal or viral, frequently result in corneal damage and ulceration.

Abnormal steepening of the cornea (KERATOCONUS), corneal oedema and swelling and some aging processes affect the clarity of the cornea. Some disorders of the cornea are inherited and can lead to corneal clouding and loss of sight.

Knives, pencils, glass and any sharp object can cause severe injury to the cornea. Fireworks, exploding batteries and toxic chemicals (especially alkalis) can result in severe scarring of the cornea...

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WHAT CAN CAUSE CORNEAL INJURY?

Knives, pencils, glass and any sharp object can cause severe injury to the cornea. Fireworks, exploding batteries and toxic chemicals (especially alkalis) can result in severe scarring of the cornea. In fact, protection of the cornea is the reason the emergency washing out of the eye is absolutely necessary when the eye is exposed to toxic chemicals.

 

Most corneal injuries are preventable with protective glasses and proper precautions when dealing with hazardous substances.

WHAT CAN CAUSE CORNEAL INJURY?