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Cornea Center


Cornea Specialist Largo, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Tampa

Cornea CenterThe Eye Institute of West Florida is proud to have a center dedicated to corneal diseases and dry eye in Tampa Bay and Pinellas County. We’ve developed this center just for the care of ocular surface diseases by combining talented physicians with specialized education and training in the most advanced procedures and medicines for the treatment of ocular surfaces diseases. Here, patients can seek world-class care by some of the most elite physicians in this field of study.

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained eye care specialists are able to diagnose and treat many ocular diseases within the comfort of The Eye Institute’s own surgery center, the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center. Trained in some of the most esteemed medical universities in the United States, our physicians are able to treat corneal disease using the latest treatment techniques available with better results and faster recovery. Our physicians have developed new patented technology designed for better corneal outcomes. In our state-of-the-art facilities we help patients see and feel their best.

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Corneal Transplants Tampa Bay

For over a century, physicians have commonly performed a full thickness corneal transplant to correct vision loss from corneal diseases and disorders. Today, the DSAEK procedure is the most advanced transplant treatment option available and is performed by Dr. Neel R. Desai, a leading refractive expert who specializes in corneal diseases, cataract and LASIK procedures at The Eye Institute of West Florida. He is one of 150 surgeons worldwide specifically trained in the DSAEK procedure and has performed thousands of these advanced vision recovery procedures.

How the Cornea Works

The cornea is the clear window at the front of the eye that bends and helps focus light onto the back of the eye (retina). In order for vision to be clear, the cornea must be clear. Corneal disease can cause the cornea to become opaque or cloudy, preventing light from passing through clearly. The human cornea is composed of five layers. The epithelial layer is the most superficial layer and lies on the second layer, Bowman’s membrane. The third layer, the stroma, is the thickest and makes up about 90% of the total corneal thickness. Descemet’s membrane is the fourth layer and provides support for the innermost layer, the corneal endothelium. The endothelial cells pump fluid out of the cornea which is necessary for the cornea to remain clear and thin and provide good vision for the eye. If the pump cells become dysfunctional, damaged or destroyed, the cornea becomes swollen and cloudy. This condition of the cornea causes blurry vision and pain.

Endothelial cells can be lost due to aging, inherited diseases (such as Fuch’s dystrophy), trauma or previous intraocular surgery. If a critical number of endothelial cells are lost, the cornea becomes swollen and cloudy. Severe cases require a corneal transplant.

Corneal Diseases Tampa Bay

Dr. Neel Desai received training in some of the most prestigious medical facilities in the United States to bring world-class care to The Eye Institute of West Florida and Pinellas County. His unique experience in the most advanced procedures available afford him the needed skill to successfully treat many corneal diseases such as the following: Fuchs’ Dystrophy, Allergies, Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), Corneal Infections, Dry Eye, Corneal Dystrophies, Herpes Zoster (Shingles), Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome, Keratoconus, Lattice Dystrophy, Map-Dot-Fingerprint Dystrophy, Ocular Herpes, and Pterygium.