A corneal cell count will tell you how many endothelial cells are present in the inner layer of your cornea. Ophthalmologists in our Fort Lauderdale office do not routinely perform this procedure, but it may be used to evaluate the cornea before cataract surgery or in specific types of corneal diseases.
The procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes. The doctor will look into your eye using a special microscope to see and count individual cells. A normal cell count for people ages 40-70 is 2,000 to 3,000 cells per mm2 (cells per square mm).
For intraocular surgery, such as cataract surgery, a cell count of greater than 1,500 cells per mm2 is recommended. The recommended number of cells for intraocular surgery can vary depending on the clinical situation.