The Cornea Center of Excellence is dedicated to bringing together the world’s largest group of scientists and physicians to understand corneal biology, develop treatments for corneal conditions, and improve access to sight-saving treatments.
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH
Ula V. Jurkunas, MD
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The cornea is the eye's most powerful structure for focusing light; it also protects the rest of the eye from injuries and microbial pathogens (such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses). However, the cornea itself is susceptible to infections, inflammation, injuries, and genetic conditions that can disrupt corneal function and cause vision loss. According to the World Health Organization, corneal blindness is one of the leading causes of vision loss worldwide, and alleviating this global burden is dependent not only on elucidating disease mechanisms and improving therapeutic approaches, but also on increasing access to ophthalmic care.
Image: Fuchs dystrophy specimen showing fragmented mitochondria in the corneal endothelium. Taken by: Anne-Sophie Benischke, PhD
Biennial Cornea Conference
Since the 1960s, the Biennial Cornea Conference has explored current basic and translational research developments of the cornea and anterior ocular surface, promoting interaction and discussion among leaders in the field of cornea. Learn more...