When the cornea has lost its transparency due to scarring from previous injury or infection, abnormal corneal shape (keratoconus), or an inheritable swelling called Fuch’s Dystrophy, a corneal transplant is needed.
Corneal transplants are the most successful form of transplant. Traditionally, the surgeon completely removes the cloudy cornea and sutures a donated clear cornea into place. For certain conditions, the surgeon replaces only the diseased portion of the cornea, which provides a faster recovery. Corneal transplants are an outpatient day surgery and are not painful. Vision recovery takes weeks to months depending on the patient.
The primary symptom of corneal disease is loss of vision that cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts. Cataract and retinal disease may cause similar vision loss and annual eye exams can determine the correct cause and treatment. Corneal transplants may be required at any age.
Corneas are usually available with no wait due to the excellent eye bank system in the U.S. Most people can be donors, so please consider donating your eyes so someone else can regain their sight. And, if you are concerned about your vision, please make an appointment to see us today.