Cornea Services

Seeing patients in Bradenton, Ellenton, Sarasota and Sun City Center

Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist – Brian Foster, MD

As a Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist, Dr. Brian Foster has extensive experience performing modern corneal transplantations. He has also spoken on modern transplant surgery at national meetings, been published in several peer-reviewed journals and is a trainer of other surgeons in these new, more successful corneal techniques.

What is the cornea?
The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and is the clear tissue that covers the colored iris and pupil. Its role is to focus light through its high powered refractive surface and protect the inner-workings of the eye. It contains no blood to protect it against infection. If it is injured or affected by disease, it may become swollen or scarred, and its smoothness and clarity may be lost. Scars, swelling or an irregular shape can cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in glare, blurry vision, or even pain.

Check out this video about corneal diseases and treatment options.


Corneal Injuries
Abrasions and injuries to the cornea can be very painful; causing blurred vision, tearing and sensitivity to light. The good news is that minor abrasions of the cornea, although very painful, heal quickly. But the worry is that deeper abrasions can cause scarring, resulting in vision impairment, and in some cases, a need for corneal transplant.

Corneal Disorders and Diseases
There are many conditions that can affect the clarity of the cornea. For instance, injury to the cornea can cause scarring as can infections (especially herpes keratitis and conjunctivitis). Shingles of the head and neck often travels to the eye, affecting the cornea. A hereditary condition called Fuchs’ Dystrophy causes corneal failure and Keratoconus causes a steep curving of the cornea. Pterygiums sometimes impair vision and need to be removed. Dry Eye Disease is a common corneal condition that we treat every day. And sometimes corneal failure can also occur after an eye surgery. These are a few of the most common corneal conditions that we treat here at The Eye Associates. Some of the treatment options include corneal transplants, treatments with amniotic membrane tissues, drops, and even contact lenses.

For an appointment with our Fellowship Trained Corneal Specialist, Dr. Brian Foster, contact us or call 1-866-865-2020.