How can I tell if I have a problem with my cornea?

The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and serves to protect it. Corneas can be affected by tissue breakdown, and other hereditary disorders. If you’ve recently had an eye injury or think you may have scratched your cornea, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. 

What are my treatment options for a damaged cornea?

For advanced corneal diseases, there are several surgery options to consider with your ophthalmologist. These options are geared towards people who suffer from corneal dystrophies, keratoconus, severe corneal scarring, or post-cataract edema. 

  • Laser surgery uses UV light and laser technology to both reshape and restore the cornea. 
  • Corneal transplant surgery is a procedure that removes the area of the cornea that is damaged and replaces it with healthy tissue — this is the most common tissue-transplant performed worldwide!  Unfortunately, not performed at any Harman Eye Center at this time.
  • – Artificial cornea insertion is for people who have had unsuccessful tissue implants.



Harman Eye Center provides comprehensive eye care from eye exams to cataract surgery at our Surgery Center. Make an appointment to see us.

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David M. Harman


David M. Harman, M.D. is the founder of Harman Eye Center and Medical Director of Harman Eye Surgery Center.

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  • “On the day of his surgery, my husband was in by 10am, out by noon and we were happily on our way home.”

    - Corene about her husband Tom, Cataract surgery patient