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Cornea Services and Transplant

At Atrius Health, we can offer comprehensive consultation and treatment of diseases of the cornea and external ocular surface. The corneal service consultations will encompass the evaluation and the management of all conditions related to the cornea and ocular surface, including keratoconus, corneal dystrophy, infectious keratitis, inflammatory and allergic conditions. The service offers the latest diagnostic capabilities and surgical treatments such as corneal topography and corneal transplantation.

Corneal Transplantation

The cornea is the transparent layer of the front surface of the eye. The transparent corneal surface allows the light to enter the eye, enabling us to see.

Corneal problems such as disease, infection, or injury can lead to a damaged cornea which will interfere with the transmission of light through a cloudy or distorted cornea, leading to poor vision.

Corneal Transplantation is the surgical removal of the diseased cornea and the implantation of a healthy donor corneal tissue. The donor corneal tissue is obtained from eye banks that procure the tissue from donors and evaluate and screen for healthy corneas.

The corneal transplantation is performed under local anesthesia by our corneal specialist as day surgery. The transplantation is microsurgery, which requires the use of the operating microscope. The procedure will consist of the surgical removal of the diseased cornea, and the implantation of the healthy donor cornea to the recipient. The new cornea is secured to the eye using microscopic sutures.

The postoperative care will consist of the application of eye medications to the operated eye, and periodic visits to the corneal specialist for follow up care. As the new cornea heals, the vision will improve. When the corneal healing is complete, the vision can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses.

To schedule a corneal consultation, please call our office at 617-629-6280 between 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Most forms of insurance are accepted.

Corneal Specialist

Susan Wong, M.D. is a Cornea Specialist and performs major corneal surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

Office Hours:
Mon: 8:15am-12:15pm Tue: 8am-4pm

Atrius Health Somerville
40 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144

Conveniently located next to the Davis Square Station of the Red Line. Parking is available.