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The Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary treats patients with disorders of the cornea, conjunctiva, and sclera. The Service also provides clinical, research, and surgical training to residents and fellows.
Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery Clinics are conducted three half-days per week. Approximately, 2,500 patients are seen per year in the Cornea Clinic. The Cornea Service at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is one of the busiest corneal transplantation programs in the Northeast. Non-emergent corneal surgery is scheduled regularly one day per week. Resident clinics and surgery are staffed at all times by an attending physician with subspecialty fellowship training in Cornea and External Disease.
Service surgeons routinely perform all types of corneal transplantation including penetrating (PK) and endothelial (DSEK) transplantation along with Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) and Keratoprosthesis (K-Pro). In addition, our surgeons are experts in reconstruction of the anterior segment after trauma or due to surgical complications.
Refractive surgical services have also been provided since 1995, and our residents and attendings have access to the latest technologies including corneal topography, wave scan analysis, femtosecond lasers, and excimer laser correction to treat refractive errors. Residents also receive extensive training in laser vision correction, including lectures, and attendance at laser and microkeratome courses throughout the year. Residents will have the opportunity to perform laser vision correction procedures, and can achieve certification in these techniques prior to the end of their residency.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is an anterior segment imaging center with access to state-of-the-art technology, including corneal topography, pachymetry, high frequency ultrasound biomicroscopy, confocal microscopy, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, and specular microscopy.
The Cornea Service sponsors a series of lectures throughout the academic year covering all areas of the specialty. In addition, there is a monthly OKAP board review series. Case presentations are presented monthly at Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service Rounds and quarterly at Departmental Grand Rounds. A schedule of these lectures can be obtained through the Resident Education office or on the Cornea Service website: www.nyeecorneaservice.com.
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