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What is the Cornea?

The cornea is the transparent window at the front of the eye. It is the first part of the eye to capture light and is responsible for a large portion of our vision. When the cornea is damaged by injury or disease it can lead to loss of vision or sometimes even blindness. There are many different corneal diseases. Corneal disease may be genetic, age-related, or may arise due to infection or injury.


Our cornea & external disease specialist, Dr. Jesse Vislisel, is fellowship-trained in the latest procedures and treatments for corneal disease. We offer treatment for many corneal and external eye diseases, including:

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When the shape or clarity of the cornea is compromised, vision becomes foggy or blurry. Fortunately, there are many treatments available to help restore vision. In some settings, medications or specialized medical contact lenses may be beneficial. When more severe, surgery may be required to improve vision. This may involve restoration of the existing cornea or replacement of the defective cornea using a corneal transplant.


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Jesse M. Vislisel, M.D.

Corneal & External Disease, Refractive Surgery (Including LASIK), Cataract Surgery, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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Dr. Vislisel is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery. He received
his medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2007 and graduated with Research Distinction. He then completed his medical internship in Tucson, Arizona and returned to the highly-ranked University of Iowa for his ophthalmology residency and fellowship training in cornea and external eye disease where he received the Fellow Teaching Award and the P.J. Leinfelder award for excellence in research. He has special interest in cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, corneal crosslinking, anterior segment and ocular surface surgery, and laser refractive surgery such as LASIK.

Dr. Vislisel enjoys technology and the rapid technological advances that occur in the field of ophthalmology. He has authored many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and previously served as an editorial board member and chief medical editor for EyeRounds.org, a leading resource for ophthalmology education. His outside interests include music, cycling, fishing, outdoor recreation, and spending time with his wife and three children at the family cabin.

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