Jackson Eye Associates serves a wide range of eye care needs for our patients. Whether you need a comprehensive eye examination, want iLasik, Botox® or need cataract surgery, our physicians and support staff are ready to give you the individualized care you deserve.

Cornea Problems

If the cornea - the clear, front window of the eye – is injured, it can cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in glare or blurred vision. The cornea reacts well to minor scratches and abrasions, but a deep scratch can cause tearing, blurred vision, and pain, so you should visit us at JEA if you experience a deep scratch to your eye. Other cornea problems we treat include:


Microbial Infections (keratitis)

When the cornea is damaged, such as after a foreign object has penetrated the tissue, bacteria or fungi can pass into the cornea, causing a deep infection and inflammation. This condition may cause severe pain, reduce visual clarity, produce a corneal discharge, and perhaps erode the cornea.


As a general rule, the deeper the corneal infection, the more severe the symptoms and complications. Those who wear contact lenses are particularly susceptible to microbial infections.


Visit JEA if you develop any type of eye infection. Minor corneal infections are commonly treated with anti-bacterial or anti-fungal eye drops. If the problem is more severe, you may receive more intensive antibiotic treatment to eliminate the infection and may need to take steroid eye drops to reduce inflammation. We will schedule follow-up visits for you until the infection has completely cleared.


Conjunctivitis ("pink eye")

"Pink eye" describes a variety of inflammatory and often contagious diseases of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the protective membrane that lines the eyelids and covers exposed areas of the sclera, or white of the eye. These diseases can be caused by viral or bacterial infections, environmental irritants, contact lens products, or drug allergies.


For the most part, pink eye tends to be painless and usually does not affect vision. The infection may come and go in most cases without requiring medical care. But for some forms of pink eye, such as epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, treatment will be needed. If treatment is delayed, the infection may worsen and cause corneal inflammation and a loss of vision. Depending on the type of pink eye that a person develops, treatment often consists of antibiotics and steroids. If your pink eye does not clear up within a few days schedule an appointment at JEA.


Ocular Herpes

Herpes of the eye is a recurrent viral infection that affects an estimated 400,000 Americans with herpes. In about 12 % of those with ocular herpes, both eyes are involved. 


Ocular herpes produces a relatively painful sore on the surface of the cornea. Prompt treatment with anti-viral drugs helps to stop the herpes virus from multiplying and destroying epithelial cells. Delaying treatment can result in a more severe infection, called herpes simplex stromal keratitis, that is harder to treat and can scar the cornea, causing vision loss. It may also produce an infection of the inside of the eye.


For those who lose vision to ocular herpes, it usually results from recurrent attacks that lead to severe stromal keratitis. Studies indicate that after a person has had an initial outbreak of ocular herpes, he or she has better than a 50 percent chance of having a recurrence of the disease. If you develop ocular herpes, your physician at JEA will schedule routine check-ups to oversee your condition, because is an incurable problem that requires ongoing management to keep symptoms under control.


Herpes Zoster (shingles)

This infection is produced by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox in many children. In some people, the varicella-zoster virus will reactivate at some time during their lives. When this occurs, the virus travels down long nerve fibers and infects some part of the body, producing a blistering rash (shingles), fever, and painful inflammations of the affected nerve fibers.


Varicella-zoster virus may travel to the head and neck, perhaps involving an eye, part of the nose, mouth, cheek, and forehead. These zoster-related corneal lesions will usually clear up on their own. But without early anti-viral treatment, a person runs the risk of the virus infecting cells deep within the tissue, causing inflammation and scarring of the cornea. The disease may also cause decreased corneal sensitivity. For many, this decreased sensitivity will be permanent, so you should contact JEA if you think you have this condition.


Unlike herpes simplex I, the varicella-zoster virus does not usually flare up more than once in adults with normally functioning immune systems.