Our anterior eye specialists are experienced and highly trained to perform corneal surgery for Melbourne residents
The anterior eye is comprised of several structures at the front of the eyeball, including the cornea. The cornea is the clear dome of tissue covering your coloured iris and is responsible for forming a barrier to pathogens entering the eye as well as refracting light for clear vision. Mornington Peninsula Eye Clinic is pleased to be able to provide an anterior eye ophthalmologist experienced in medical management and corneal surgery to Melbourne residents and those from surrounding suburbs.
Recurrent Corneal Erosion (RCE)
RCE is a painful condition of the cornea involving repeated separation of the superficial epithelial layer from its underlying membrane within the cornea. Patients will often report a history of trauma to the affected eye, such as a corneal abrasion or another injury, and will find they often wake in the mornings with a sharp pain in the eye, accompanied by tearing and glare sensitivity.
The first-line treatment for RCE is usually copious lubrication with artificial tears and a protective bandage contact lens during active erosions. For more severe cases, our experienced corneal specialist may recommend debridement, which involves removal of the epithelium under anaesthesia to allow it to regenerate with stronger adhesions to the underlying membrane, or phototherapeutic keratectomy, a corneal laser procedure.