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

Rani Al Karmi selected as 2017 Alcon Research Scholar

July 14, 2017

Rani N. Al Karmi, MD, FRCS(c), M.Ed, a research and clinical fellow in Cornea and External Disease at Mass. Eye and Ear, was selected as the 2017 Alcon Research Scholar. This award provides support to a trainee to allow them to work on a translational research project with a senior clinician scientist at Mass. Eye and Ear. Dr. Al Karmi will work with Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH

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Congressional briefing on dry eye disease to be held on July 12

Congressional briefing on dry eye disease to be held on July 12

July 5, 2017

The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR) will co-host a Congressional briefing about dry eye disease on July 12. Janine Clayton, MD (National Institutes of Health), Susan Vitale, PhD, MHS (National Eye Institute), Anat Galor, MD (Bascom Palmer), Victor Perez, MD (Duke University as of August 2017), Carolyn Begley, OD, MS (Indiana University) and Laura Periman, MD (Redmond Eye Clinic, Seattle), will be joining

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Mass. Eye and Ear specialists perform first SMILE procedures to correct nearsightedness

June 16, 2017

Ophthalmologists at Mass. Eye and Ear among most experienced nationwide to offer newly FDA-approved laser vision correction technology.

Boston, Mass. — Ophthalmologists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear are now offering a new type of minimally-invasive laser vision correction, the ReLEx® SMILE procedure. FDA-approved in 2016, and with more than 750,000 procedures performed worldwide each year, SMILE is a proven laser procedure for the treatment of myopia (nearsightedness). Mass. Eye and Ear specialists are

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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, 

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