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Can scar tissue be removed around the cornea?

David R. Demartini, MD
David R. Demartini, MD
Ophthalmology
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The cornea is the round, clear first lens of the eye that allows us to see inside the eye to the iris and the pupil. Most patients don't appreciate the cornea because it is so clear and invisible.
When the cornea scars it turns opaque and then it is more visible to the average observer. This opacity, if central will then blur or distort vision. If this opacity can be removed, then vision is restored. Scraping, laser or corneal transplantation are the most common ways to remove this scar tissue. Some ophthalmologists are subspecialists in corneal diseases and are often the ones to fix corneal scars.

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