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Cornea & External Eye Disease

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The cornea is the clear outer layer that covers the front of your eye. It helps protect the rest of your eye from germs and debris and also helps focus light into your eye. Corneal disease can severely affect your vision if not treated promptly and effectively.

UR Medicine’s Flaum Eye Institute provides treatment for a variety of corneal diseases. Some of these common cornea conditions include:

  • Corneal abrasion. An injury to the eye that scrapes the corneal surface and causes a loss of superficial tissue
  • Dry eye. Not enough tears, or poor tear quality, causing a burning feeling or the sensation of something in the eye
  • Keratoconus. A hereditary disease causing thinning and cone-shaping of the central cornea, affecting vision
  • Fuchs' dystrophy. A progressive corneal disorder causing cloudy, waterlogged cornea, blisters, and reduced vision
  • Keratitis. An inflammation of the cornea that may be caused by infection, improper contact lens use, or a foreign body in the eye. Associated with redness, pain, blurred or decreased vision, light sensitivity, and excess discharges from the eye.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Cornea & External Eye Disease

UR Medicine’s Flaum Eye Institute is the Rochester region’s only dedicated team of corneal specialists. We are able to treat from the simplest to the most complex corneal disease in both children and adults. We provide evaluation and treatment at our main campus and our satellite offices.

For adult and pediatric evaluation and consultation, advanced diagnostic and treatment options include:

  • Customized dry eye management
  • Corneal Transplantation
  • Therapeutic contact lenses
  • Collagen corneal crosslinking
  • Advanced antibiotic therapies
  • Anterior segment reconstruction
  • Intraocular lens implantation
  • Cataract extraction
  • Excimer laser phototherapeutic procedures
  • Surgical removal of corneal defects
  • Implantable contact lenses

What Sets Us Apart?

Our team of fellowship-trained corneal specialists is the largest in the region, and some of our physicians are listed in Best Doctors in America®. We treat everything from the most routine to the most complex diseases, bringing a multidisciplinary approach to care. As a leader in education, we are also training the next generation of corneal specialists through our fellowship program.

We have a growing number of locations throughout the region for your convenience. Each is equipped with the latest and most advanced diagnostic equipment and many of our offices have full-service optical shops where you can purchase glasses and contact lenses.

Our main facility includes our own surgery center on the second floor of Strong Memorial Hospital, just below the Eye Institute’s faculty practice clinic. We have a second ambulatory surgery center located on Sawgrass Drive and also perform some corneal procedures at our Meridian Centre location.

Equipped with the region’s most up-to-date surgical equipment, we’re able to routinely perform complex procedures that were once referred to eye care centers hundreds of miles away, saving you time and keeping you close to home.

We’re also part of National Clinical Trials and are ranked in the top 20 in eye research funding in the United States, including an NIH-funded corneal research program. So, you can be assured that our care is informed by the latest scientific discoveries.


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We serve you in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region.

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2 locations

Flaum Eye Institute - Main Campus - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
210 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

Flaum Eye Institute - LASIK & Advanced Vision Correction - Brighton

Meridian Centre
100 Meridian Centre Boulevard, Suite 125
Rochester, NY 14618

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