Cornea

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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.

Cornea Conference

CO-DIRECTORS
Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH
Ula V. Jurkunas, MD
MEMBERS
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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. 
 

Featured Event

Biennial Cornea Conference
October 12-14, 2017

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...

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Featured News

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New technique may prevent graft rejection in high-risk corneal transplant patients

May 1, 2017

Treating donor tissue with a special cocktail of molecules improves outcomes and promotes survival of high-risk corneal transplants

Boston, Mass. — Treating donor corneas with a cocktail of molecules prior to transplanting to a host may improve survival of grafts and, thus, outcomes in high-risk corneal transplant patients, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The findings, published online in Scientific… Read more about New technique may prevent graft rejection in high-risk corneal transplant patients

Researchers identify mechanism of retina damage following chemical eye burns

Researchers identify mechanism of retina damage following chemical eye burns

April 13, 2017

Findings may lead to the development of therapies to prevent damage to the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

Boston, Mass. — Chemical eye burns caused by alkali agents not only injure the front of the eye — the cornea, where the contact takes place —  but also cause widespread damage to the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (the retina) as well, often leading to optic nerve damage and glaucoma. In a report… Read more about Researchers identify mechanism of retina damage following chemical eye burns

Deborah Langston Becomes First to Receive Three Highest Honors in the Field of Cornea

Deborah Langston Becomes First to Receive Three Highest Honors in the Field of Cornea

October 14, 2016

Deborah Pavan-Langston, MD, FACS—Harvard Ophthalmology alumna and Professor Emeritus—received the Claes Dohlman Society Award at the Cornea Society/Eye Bank Association of America 2016 Fall Educational Symposium. This lifetime achievement award recognizes her excellence in teaching and contributions to the field of cornea and external disease. 

Dr. Langston is the first person to receive all three of the highest honors in cornea: the Castroviejo Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Corneal and Anterior Segment Disease (American Academy of Ophthalmology), the Phillips… Read more about Deborah Langston Becomes First to Receive Three Highest Honors in the Field of Cornea

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