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Cornea Transplant

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With certain eye conditions and eye diseases, a Corneal Transplant is sometimes the best or only treatment option for vision recovery.

What Is A Corneal Transplant?

How Do I Know If I Need A Cornea Transplant?

There are various other possible reasons to have a corneal transplant. An experienced ophthalmologist should be consulted if you have severe vision loss to firstly determine the cause, and secondly, to determine the appropriate treatment. It is necessary to have a medical eye exam, which will include checking your eyeglass prescription. During this exam, your doctor can determine if vision loss is due to cataracts or if there is another cause. Tests that measure glare, night vision, sensitivity, color vision, and central and peripheral vision may be performed. If you are in the early stages of cataract development, you may be able to improve your vision by just changing your glasses.

Will My Eye Color Change If The Donor Has A Different Eye Color?

No. The cornea is clear tissue at the front of the eye. The iris gives eyes their color and is located inside the eye, untouched during a corneal transplant.

Is A Corneal Transplant Painful?

A Corneal Transplant is virtually painless. Anesthesia is used locally or generally, depending on age, condition, and disease(s) being treated. You will not see anything during the surgery, and you will not have to worry about blinking or keeping your eye open or closed.

Treatment Options For Cornea Transplants

Descemet Membrane Endothelial Kertoplasty (DMEK) & Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) is an alternative to a traditional transplant. In this procedure, only the inner layers of the cornea are replaced with donor tissue. The procedure requires no stitches. Recovery time is faster and there are fewer complications, such as rejection.

PK or Penetrating Keratoplasty is a full thickness cornea transplant procedure performed when both the the front and back layers of cornea are abnormal. The full thickness disc of the injured or diseased cornea is replaced with a new disc of human donor cornea is put in place.

The PK procedure is an outpatient procedure which generally allows patients to return home a short while after the procedure.

Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) is a partial-thickness cornea transplant procedure for removing the corneal stroma, leaving the Descemet’s membrane and endothelium in place.. This procedure is used for the treatment of corneal disease involving the corneal stroma as long as there is a presence of healthy endothelium.

Why don’t all surgeons peform DALK?

There are many reasons surgeons may not perform DALK. The two main reasons revolved around the disadvantages of this procedure. It is very technically challenging and there is a potential for reduced visual clarity. Dr. Paul Cutarelli is a cornea specialist that has performed over 90,000 eye surgery procedures, his experience and training provides him the necessary skills to perform DALK with a track record of exceptional results.

If you are a candidate for cornea transplants, contact our Denver or Fort Collins office to schedule an appointment. You have options when it comes to cornea transplant surgery, let Dr. Cutarelli advise the best possibly outcome based on your cornea health.

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