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Special Article
July 2000

Cornea and External Disease in the New Millennium

Author Affiliations

From the Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(7):979-981. doi:10-1001/pubs.Ophthalmol.-ISSN-0003-9950-118-7-esa90017

It is a challenge to speculate about the changes and advances related to the cornea and external disease as we enter the new millennium. The remarkable advances in refractive surgery during just the past decade have made it a huge field of ophthalmology, which is beyond the scope of this article. Subjects to consider include corneal transplantation, infections, dry eyes and blepharitis, ocular surface reconstruction, corneal imaging, contact lenses, and eye banking. Speculation regarding the future of any field of ophthalmology must be made in the context of larger trends regarding health care policies in the United States, as the current emphasis on control of medical costs may have a negative impact on progress through deleterious effects on medical training and research.