A corneal transplant involves the replacement of damaged corneal tissue with clear, healthy tissue provided from a donor. This procedure, also called a keratoplasty, can be a good option for restoring vision in cases of significant impairment due to corneal disease and/or injury. Our team of eye doctors at Aloha Laser Vision includes an experienced corneal specialist who is skilled in the latest corneal transplant techniques. We have helped numerous patients achieve clearer vision, reduced pain, and improved quality of life with this effective procedure.
Good Candidates for Corneal Transplant
Good candidates for corneal transplant surgery are typically individuals who have sustained significant visual impairment as a result of corneal damage. Conditions, complications, and diseases that may indicate the need for a corneal transplant may include:
- Corneal thinning
- Severe swelling of the cornea
- Corneal scarring
- Cloudiness of the cornea
- Severe corneal infection
- Severe corneal injury
- Fuch’s dystrophy
- Chemical burns of the cornea
Corneal transplant surgery is considered as a solution when other less invasive techniques to repair the cornea are deemed inadequate. If you have endured damage to your cornea and are interested in finding out if a corneal transplant may be a viable option for restoring your vision, contact Aloha Laser Vision. Our friendly staff will help you make an appointment with our knowledgeable ophthalmologist.
The Corneal Transplant Procedure
There are two types of corneal transplant procedures: penetrating keratoplasty (PK), in which all layers of the cornea are replaced with transplanted tissue; and partial thickness transplants, which allow for transplantation of only affected corneal layers. The type of transplant that is right for you will depend upon the extent to which your cornea is affected. Partial thickness transplants generally result in a quicker recovery time than full penetrating keratoplasty. Typically, patients are awake but sedated during corneal transplant surgery. The eye is anesthetized and the eyelids are held open to keep them free of the treatment area. The surgeon then removes the damaged tissue and replaces it with a same-size piece of donor tissue. Once transplanted, the donor tissue is carefully sewn into place with micro-stitches.
Results of Corneal Transplant Surgery
The cornea heals relatively slowly and it is important that the eye remain protected to preserve the integrity of the transplant as it mends. Steroid eye drops are to be administered daily for a prescribed period of time to reduce swelling and aid in the body’s acceptance of the transplanted tissue. Regular appointments with your surgeon will be scheduled to monitor progress and allow for early detection of any complications that may arise so that they can be effectively managed with medication. While every patient has unique needs and the response to treatment can vary, it’s important to note that it can take several months to a year to adjust to your new cornea and your doctor may want to make vision corrections to further perfect your sight once healing is complete.
Corneal damage from trauma or disease does not have to take your eyesight. Corneal transplant surgery has changed the lives of many men and women who thought they may never be able to see clearly again. Contact Aloha Laser Vision today to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors for more information about corneal transplant surgery.