External Eye Disease

At Midland eye we offer a range of treatments for conditions related to the outside of the eyeball, including the cornea and sclera.  The main conditions treated are:


Is a degenerative disorder of the eye in which structural changes within the cornea cause it to thin and change to a more conical shape than its normal gradual curve. Grossly the eye is more ‘cone’ shaped rather than the usual football or rugby ball shape.  Keratoconus can cause substantial distortion of vision, with multiple images, streaking and sensitivity to light.


Is a chronic inflammatory condition of the eyelids causing sore and gritty eyes.  Symptoms are frequently none, but may include soreness, redness and grittiness, debris on the eyelashes: flakes (almost like dandruff of the eyelashes), red eyelid margin, irregular or ulcerated eyelid margin, loss of eyelashes and white eyelashes, red eyes, dry eyes.

Dry eyes

Dry eye syndrome is very common, especially in women after the menopause.  Patients with dry eye syndrome complain of chronic discomfort, usually described as a burning, gritty sensation. Some describe a scratchy or sandy feeling as if something is in the eye. Other symptoms include stinging, stringy discharge, heaviness, blurred vision or even watering (if the quality of the tears is poor).