Specular Microscopy plays a significant role in evaluating the health of the cornea. The Specular Microscope is unlike any other microscope. It is used to evaluate the cells comprising the back surface of the cornea, the endothelium. With aging, trauma, disease and surgery, the endothelial cells can become compromised. The endothelial cells pump oxygen into the cornea. These cells don’t replicate. One they die, new cells are not created to take their place. These cells are responsible for the cornea maintaining its transparency. This instrument allows us to detect any disorders of the corneal endothelium in the earliest stages.
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