Corneal Disease

latkany-eye5Dry Eye Center of New York specializes in all disorders related to the surface of the eye. We try to optimize the outer layers of the eye in order to produce a more comfortable and better functioning eye.

There are many external disorders of the eye including:

Pterygium / Pingueculum

These are growths that cover the inner white parts of the eye caused by UV-sunlight and can easily be excised as an outpatient procedure.

Cornea edema / swelling

The clear tissue in front of the iris is called the cornea. In certain conditions like Fuch’s Dystrophy, Bullous Keratopathy after cataract surgery, this tissue becomes swollen and causes blurry vision. A corneal transplant can be performed in 1 hour as an outpatient procedure with a 90% success rate.


latkany-eye4The cornea is usually shaped like a ball but in people with this condition it is usually shaped like a football. This distorts the vision because of irregular astigmatism. Most of the time your vision can be corrected with hard contact lenses, but in some who are intolerant to lenses or have a resulting scar, they will require a corneal transplant.

Corneal Ulcers

A corneal ulcer is an infection within the cornea usually due to extended wear contact lenses or trauma. Most can be effectively managed with an appropriate topical antibiotic.

Persistent epithelial defects

This occurs when the skin of the eye does not heal. They can occur after a history of trauma, in diabetics, people with a eye stem cell deficiency, herpes infection, or in a epithelial dystrophy. They can be managed with contact lenses, laser therapy, amniotic membrane transplants, partial eyelid closure procedures, and stem cell transplants all of which are simple outpatient procedures.

Refractive surgery for myopia / hyperopia with astigmatism

PRK / LASEK surgery involves scraping only the skin off of the eye with a blunted instrument (no blades) followed by a custom laser procedure. Studies have shown that this procedure as opposed to LASIK causes significantly less dryness post-surgery and possibly even a better outcome in low to moderate cases. Dr Icasiano performs all the refractive and cataract surgery in the office.

Did You Know?

Persons with dry eyes often report excessive tearing. If the body senses that your eyes are too dry, it will make more tears to compensate.

Each eye contains a punctum on the lower lid near the nose. This punctum is a hole that drains tears from the eye. Like any drain, it can be plugged to prevent the fluid from draining out.

Punctal plugs can improve vision in dry eye patients.

Punctal plug insertion is a quick in-office procedure and is completely reversible.

Did You Know?

Dr. Robert Latkany también habla español.

Wearing your contact lenses overnight greatly increases your risks of developing a corneal ulcer.

An estimated 60 million people have dry eyes.

Wearing contact lenses for extended periods of time can cause dry eyes.

People who sleep with their eyes partially open or people with Bell's Palsy are at increased risk for dry eye syndrome.

Did You Know?

If you raise your chair at your computer desk a little so that you are looking down at the computer screen, you will decrease the evaporation of your tear film by reducing the exposed ocular surface area.

Fish oil, particularly Salmon oil and Flaxseed oil contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids which has to be beneficial for many aspects of the body, not just someone suffering with dry eyes

Eye or eyelid surgery can alter the quantity, quality or distribution of your tear film.

Medications such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives, beta-blockers, diuretics, and mood-stabilizers can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.