Cornea is the transparent outer coat of the eye. It is primarily responsible for vision owing to its transparency. It also serves as a protective layer. To know more about Cornea and Anterior Segment, please click www.allaboutvision.com.
Cornea services at SCEH are one of the largest cornea setup in the entire country, treating nearly 40,000 patients every year. The services are dedicated to improving vision, preventing corneal and external diseases of the eye and providing the best patient care available. Its services have been evolving over the years and successfully introducing new surgical techniques for the benefit of those under its care. We strictly follow the principle of Treatment for All.
The speciality caters to cataract surgeries, treating corneal ulcers, ocular allergies , ectatic disorders, ocular surface pathologies, dry eye, a range of paediatric corneal disorders and refractive surgeries. The in-house microbiology laboratory facilitates support in treating corneal infections with utmost precision and accuracy.
We take pride in contributing to reduce the burden of corneal blindness in India by performing corneal transplants. From full thickness corneal transplants to the latest anterior and posterior lamellar keratoplasties, namely DALK, DSAEK, DMEK; the team has abundant experience and skill in performing excellent corneal transplants. The hospital has its own eye bank facilitating the need immensely.
It also happens to be one of the busiest LASIK practices in North India performing a wide spectrum of refractive surgeries. We are also a centre for Ocular Surface Reconstruction performing Stem Cell Transplant , mucous membrane grafting and equipped with Boston Keratoprosthesis Implant Team working for end stage ocular surface blinding disorders. Corneal collagen cross linking and Intra corneal ring segments for ectatic corneal disorders are done too. The team has vast experience in Refractive procedures including LASIK, ICL , PTK amongst others.
Cornea and anterior segment services are armed with latest technologies and equipment; be it diagnostic or surgical.
Anterior segment OCT
B Scan Ultrasound
Eye Bank Facility
With a vision to be the best eye care hospital in India, the Cornea department setup its premier eye bank facility in assistance with Miracles in Sight- one of the largest eyebank in the world. Our eye bank is regarded amongst the top 10 eyebanks in India supplying corneal tissue not only inhouse, but also to other eye care hospitals across India. Corneal Tissues are procured and analysed in detail including blood sampling from the deceased. The skill and meticulousness of work at the eyebank, ensures a minimal waiting list of the corneal transplant registered patients. The eyebank also manufactures amniotic membrane and supplies the same inhouse and to corneal surgeons elsewhere
The research experience of the department is another feather in the cap. Owing to the vast numbers treated, the team extensively keeps publishing their learnings to add to the scientific literature. There are many publications in indexed and peer reviewed journals, and the team is also involved in various clinical trials.
Training forms an important extension of the team at SCEH including short term keratoplasty, long term cornea fellowships and multiple short courses in the field of cornea and anterior segment. Training of eye bank personnel is another important feature the department is involved in. The team has so far successfully trained long and short term cornea fellows and thus facilitated the need of corneal surgeons wherever they go post training.
Owing to difficult access from remote areas and to ease travel costs and reduce morbidity from corneal diseases, cornea department does teleophthalmology based consults from its peripheral and vision centres to aid in enhancing speed and accuracy of treatment.
Contact Lens facility
The department of contact lens is an integral component of cornea clinic and works as a great adjunct in improving vision and comfort for all our patients. The skill and ease of dispensing various types of contact lenses makes it a strong centre of referral for the same.
The cornea team is constituted by all well trained and fellowship certified surgeons with education and experience from various leading institutes in the country and abroad. The patient friendly attitude, compassion and using a holistic treatment approach are other assets of the faculty.