Urban Optique
4935 40 Ave NW #132 Calgary AB T3A 2N1 (403) 286-4142

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Corneal Disease

What You Should Know About Corneal Disease
The cornea is one of the most important parts of the eye, as well as the most visible. It is the clear, outer surface that others can see when they look at you. Its purpose is twofold: to focus light into the eye for visual purposes and for protection. Without the cornea, the eye could be harmed by simple things like dirt and other objects floating through the air. It would also be ineffective at keeping ultraviolet wavelengths away from deeper parts of the eye and would be more susceptible to germs.
In most situations, the main threats to corneal health include sharp objects, excessive sunlight exposure and airborne debris. However, corneal disease can also affect the cornea and hamper eyesight. Here are two common types of corneal disease:

  1. Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndrome (ICE)

Iridocorneal endothelial syndrome (ICE) involves a combination of several things, including corneal swelling, iris changes and glaucoma development. Women have a higher likelihood of developing the disease, which often involves severe vision loss and excessive buildup of fluid in one or both eyes. Unfortunately, there are currently no treatments available to halt the progression of ICE, but doctors can treat glaucoma, which is associated with ICE.

  1. Corneal Dystrophy 

There are several different types of corneal dystrophy that can affect the cornea and decrease vision clarity. Most of them can be linked to genetics and are not typically caused by a person’s lifestyle. Common varieties of corneal dystrophy include:

  • Keratonocus
  • Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy
  • Granular dystrophy
  • Lattice dystrophy

Depending on the type of dystrophy a person has, doctors may recommend different treatment options such as ointments, special contact lenses, eye drops, corneal collagen crosslinking and corneal transplants.
There are many diseases that can affect the health of the cornea and a person’s vision. To avoid vision problems and pain, it is important to visit an eye doctor anytime you experience sudden changes in vision, pain in your eyes or a family history of corneal disease.

Written by Russ Reisner

Dr. Reisner and Dr. Kuntz (who is also Dr. Reisner’s uncle) acquired and expanded Urban Optique into its current location in 2006 and 2007. Dr. Reisner was born and grew up in Limerick, Saskatchewan – a small farming community about an hour south of Moose Jaw. After attending the University of Saskatchewan he earned his degree in Optometry from Indiana University in 2001. Dr. Reisner is very proud of everything he and his colleagues have accomplished.

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Located on the main floor of the Market Mall professional building. Providing eye exams, in-stock contact lenses and over 2,000 frames from over 40 brands of eyeglasses. Free parking is available for this Northwest Calgary location.


4935 40 Ave NW #132
Calgary AB, T3A 2N1

Contact Information

  • Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Dr. Russ Reisner
  • Dr. David Schmidt
  • Dr. Pri Tawar
  • Dr. Nevin McIvor
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