The cornea is the clear window on the front of the eye and can suffer from a wide-range of pathologies. There are common inherited diseases, such as keratoconus and Fuchs Dystrophy, as well as acquired conditions, such as post-traumatic or post-infectious scars, that affect the cornea. Regardless of the cause, when the cornea clouds it causes profound vision loss and possibly pain.
As a fellowship trained corneal specialist, Dr. Kevin Tozer performs a wide-array of procedures to treat all causes of cornea pathology. In addition to traditional full-thickness corneal transplants, Dr. Tozer also performs newer techniques such as Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) and Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK). With DSEK or DMEK, Dr. Tozer is able to isolate the diseased layers of the cornea for transplantation while leaving the remainder of the cornea intact. These techniques allow for quicker recovery, better vision, and substantially less risk than older corneal graft procedures.
If you suffer from a corneal disease, please call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Tozer.
At Tozer Eye Center patient safety is our top concern. This is especially true during the current coronavirus pandemic. For this reason, based on recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the governor’s office and federal agencies we are scheduling patients only for urgent care visits and emergency surgery at this time. We are rescheduling all routine eye exams and elective surgeries including cataract surgery for a later date. Routine selection and fitting of glasses will be postponed. If the patient has lost their only pair of glasses, please call the optical shop and a replacement can be ordered and mailed out without visiting the optical shop. Contact lenses can also be mailed to the patient.
We are taking special precautions for those patients we do see. We are checking the temperature of everyone, including the staff and doctors, who enters the office. Each patient will be asked a series of screening questions to determine if they might pose a potential risk of infection to other patients or the staff. We are asking that anyone who accompanies a patient wait outside in their car. Patients may also elect to wait in their car and be contacted when we are ready to bring them to the examining room. All surfaces in the waiting room will be cleaned frequently. We have removed many chairs in the waiting room and spaced the remaining chairs appropriately. The exam rooms will be cleaned after every patient. The doctors and staff are wearing masks and gloves at all times when appropriate.
Signs or symptoms for which you might call the office include:
If you feel you have an urgent problem, even if not mentioned above, please call the office at (480) 947-4493. We are spacing out the visits to avoid overcrowding the office and minimize exposure to our staff and patients.
We appreciate your understanding during this difficult, challenging time.