Cornea Treatment in Miami
Learn more about ocular diseases treated at Premium Eye Centers! Dr. Preschel holds years of training in successfully treating cornea and external ocular diseases. His residency at one of the most prestigious institutions in the country, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, followed by fellowship training in corneal and external eye diseases, has allowed him to help glaucoma patients overcome a wide range of eye conditions and prevent damage to their eyesight.
Dr. Preschel, your leading Pembroke Pines ophthalmologist, specializes in diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory conditions affecting the ocular surface and the cornea.
Cornea and External Ocular Diseases
The cornea is a clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. It is made of cells and proteins and is arranged in five distinct layers, each of which has an important function. It acts as the eye’s outermost lens, controlling and focusing the entry of light into the eye. It also protects the eye from germs, dust and other harmful matter. However, the cornea may be affected by a wide range of diseases that may be caused by a number of factors, including infections, traumatic injury, allergies and hereditary conditions. Dr. Preschel is highly skilled in diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of cornea and external ocular diseases, including
- Blepharitis an inflammatory condition of the eyelid margins that is usually characterized by redness, swelling, itching and burning. If severe, it can lead to ocular surface inflammation and even affect the quality of vision. Usually a chronic condition, blepharitis can be caused by a dysfunction within the small oil producing glands inside the eyelids. It can also be related to abnormal bacterial or parasitic proliferation and sometimes it is associated to a facial skin condition known as acne rosacea. If present prior to ocular surgery, it is important to treat and control blepharitis in order to avoid serious complications.
- Hordeolum (stye) an acute inflammatory condition of the eyelid margin. It is generally caused by oil-producing glands in the eyelid. Hordeolum symptoms include swelling of the eyelid, redness, pain, tenderness and drainage of yellow fluid.
- Chalazion small, firm, chronic cyst of the eyelid. The cyst is often filled with fatty matter. Surgical treatment may be required.
- Ocular rosacea an inflammatory eye condition that can lead to a persistent burning sensation in the eyes, swollen eyelids and small, inflamed bumps. The symptoms of ocular rosacea can vary and generally lead to blepharitis, conjunctivitis and similar conditions.
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) nflammation of the conjunctiva which is a protective membrane that lines the inner side of the eyelids and the white surface of the eyeball. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, burning, discharge and sticky eyelids. Generally, pink eye can be caused by a highly contagious viral infection, but it can also be caused by bacteria, allergies, contamination and other environmental irritants.
- Ocular Herpes a recurrent viral infection that is caused by the Herpes simplex virus. It can result in painful sores on the eyelid or the surface of the cornea and can lead to a severe inflammation known as stromal keratitis. Because it can lead to scar tissue formation and loss of corneal transparency, it is one of the most common causes of corneal blindness in the country. Ocular herpes requires immediate medical attention.
- Varicella zoster virus a type of Herpes that can affect multiple body parts, including the eyes. It is a recurrent viral infection and is the cause of chickenpox and shingles.
- Dry eye a variety of conditions in which the eye is unable to produce a good quality tear film to keep the surface lubricated. It is generally associated with number of medical conditions and certain medications. Dr. Preschel specializes in the treatment of dry eye and has helped many Miami patients overcome this uncomfortable medical condition.
- Contact lens related complications a diversity of undesired effects such as infections and inflammatory conditions of the eye may result from contact lens use.
- Pterygium a benign wedge shaped growth that extends from the bulbar conjunctiva, which is normally a thin transparent membrane that covers the white part of the eyeball, into the cornea. Pterygiums are commonly caused by exposure to sunlight and wind. They are also related to the chronic surface trauma of contact lenses, dry eyes and dusty environments. It can affect the tolerance to contact lenses, induce astigmatism and when advanced, even cover the cornea reaching the pupilary axis and impairing vision. Early lesions can be treated conservatively, but more advanced lesions may require a surgical approach.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options for External Ocular Diseases
Due to his clinical education, extensive training and vast experience, Dr. Preschel is highly skilled in providing primary eye and vision care and effective treatment options for patients suffering from cornea and external ocular diseases. He specializes in successfully identifying patients who may be at risk for developing an external ocular disease, accurately diagnosing the condition and developing an effective treatment plan that leads to optimal eye care results. If you are in the Pembroke Pines and Miami areas seeking treatment for your ocular disease, contact Premium Eye Centers today!