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The cornea is the clear outer layer of the front of the eye. It is responsible for focusing light so you can see clearly.
There are several common conditions that can affect the cornea such as kerataconus, corneal dystrophies and dry eyes.


Keratoconus is a progressive, degenerative condition of the front of the eye (the cornea) causing it to protrude in a cone shape which results in thinning of the cornea. This causes blurring of vision. 

Treatment involved glasses, specialised contact lenses and in some cases surgery.

Dr Matthew Ball has additional subspecialty training in treating patients with Keratoconus and has extensive experience in its management.

Corneal Cross Linking (CXL)

Corneal Cross Linking is a treatment aimed at stabilising the cornea and delaying progression of the disease. The procedure is a day surgery procedure and uses special eye drops and exposure to ultraviolet light which strengthens the crosslinks between collagen fibres in the cornea.

Dry Eye

Dry eye disease is a common condition that occurs when your eyes do not produce enough tears or your eyes do not produce the right type of tears.

Dry eyes can make you feel like your eyes are stinging or burning, cause blurred vision, gritty feeling and give you watery eyes. 

There are many causes of dry eyes and we recommend a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists where you will undergo a thorough examination which includes looking at the surface of your eye and your eyelids. 

Further Information

For further information we recommend the EyeSmart website which is a free resource to access comprehensive, trustworthy and medically accurate information written by ophthalmologists.

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