New windows for sight

Ophthalmologists (Eye M.D.s) perform more than 40,000 corneal transplants each year in the United States. Of all transplant surgery done today – including heart, lung, and kidney – corneal transplants are the most common and successful.

What is the cornea?

The cornea is the clear front window of the eye that covers the colored iris and the round pupil. Light is focused while passing through the cornea so we can see.

How can an unhealthy cornea affect vision?

If the cornea is injured, it may become swollen or scarred, and its smoothness and clarity may be lost. Scars, swelling or an irregular shape can cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in glare or blurred vision.

At Cedar Valley Eye Care we can perform a cornea transplant if:

  • Vision cannot be corrected satisfactorily with eyeglasses or contact lenses;
  • Painful swelling cannot be relieved by medications or special contact lenses

What conditions may cause the need for a corneal transplant?

  • Corneal failure after another eye surgery, such as cataract surgery;
  • Keratoconus, a steep curving of the cornea;
  • Hereditary corneal failure, such as Fuchs’ dystrophy;
  • Scarring after infections, especially after herpes;
  • Rejection after a first corneal implant;
  • Scarring after injury.

If you live in Waterloo, Cedar Falls or the surrounding areas and you need cornea surgery or a corneal transplant, put your trust in the eye care leaders.  Call Cedar Valley Eye Care today. 319-233-2020