The Cornea Program at Wills Eye Hospital

Wills Eye Hospital is the preeminent center of excellence for the treatment of eye diseases and injuries. Wills Eye’s clinical expertise, state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, and advanced surgical capabilities make them a global referral center for patients worldwide. Since its inception in 1990, the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals in America” survey consistently ranks Wills Eye as one of the nation’s top ophthalmology centers. In 2020, Wills Eye ranked 2nd in the nation for treatment and 1st for training by U.S. News & World Report.

One of Wills Eye’s core strengths is the connection between research and patient care. Wills provides a full range of primary and subspecialty eye care for improving and preserving sight. The Cornea Service of Wills Eye Hospital treats patients with disorders of the cornea and outer layers of the eye, including the conjunctiva and sclera. Additionally, Wills Eye treats conditions affecting the anterior segment of the eye, including cataracts and dislocated intraocular lenses. Finally, they are also involved in the latest refractive surgery procedures to treat nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness, including PRK and LASIK.

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Christopher J. Rapuano, MD

Christopher J. Rapuano, MD

Chief of Wills Eye, Cornea Service

Christopher J. Rapuano, MD, a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, is Chief of the Wills Eye Cornea Service and a Professor of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Rapuano is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, with a special interest in refractive surgery. He has published several books, numerous book chapters and over 180 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on corneal diseases, refractive surgery and excimer laser PTK surgery. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Rapuano has received the Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, and Secretariat Award (three times) from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).


Dr. Rapuano has served on many committees of the AAO including chairing the Refractive Surgery Basic and Clinical Science Course book and Preferred Practice Patterns committees.