Dr. Jeff Stetler discussing cornea health on WSOC's The Daily Two

CEENTA ophthalmologist Jeff Stetler, MD, appeared on WSOC's The Daily Two on March 26th, 2024 to discuss cornea health, conditions, and surgery. Learn more and schedule your next appointment with him at our SouthPark office today through our online scheduling platform or myCEENTAchart.

Transcript of the Interview

Laura Palka: The Daily Two is brought to you by Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates.

Welcome to The Daily Two, I'm Laura Palka. We are at CEENTA's SouthPark offices today talking all things cornea. And joining me is surgeon Jeff Stetler. Thanks for being here today. How is the cornea important to our vision?

Dr. Jeff Stetler: Yeah the cornea is kind of the clear window on the front part of the eye. So it serves kind of two main functions. One is to protect the eye from things like dust and debris, and it also provides about two-thirds of the eye's refractive power meaning the focusing of light onto the back part of the eye.

Laura: And what are some common conditions of the cornea that people might suffer from?

Dr. Steter: Common things include things like dry eye disease, corneal infections, corneal scarring after trauma, or congenital corneal conditions like keratoconus.

Laura: Is there anything that people can do to really maintain the health of their cornea?

Dr. Stetler: Common things like having a normal healthy diet, avoiding smoking. using artificial tears to lubricate the eyes. If people are out doing yard work, make sure you're wearing eye protection.

And for our contact lens wearers out there, making sure we have good hygiene and trying to avoid sleeping in contacts.

Laura: So what are some of the conditions of the cornea that you would treat here at CEENTA?

Dr. Stetler: Common procedures that we do are things like corneal transplants, so depending on the indication it would be either like a partial thickness or a full thickness corneal transplant. And those have a short recovery time and help improve the vision of patients with corneal conditions.

Laura: And even a transplant is done out patient, right?

Dr. Stetler: It is, yes. So the procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. and the patient goes home the same day. And then visual recovery can take a few weeks to a few months depending on the procedure.

Laura: That's amazing, Dr. Stetler. Thank you so much for being with us today. If you would like more information about corneas or any other procedures here at CEENTA, call the number on your screen or go to CEENTA.com. For The Daily Two, I'm Laura Palka.


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