Ophthalmologists (Eye MDs) 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 focuses light that passes through, allowing us to see. As the clear front window of the eye, the cornea covers the colored iris and the round pupil.
How can an unhealthy cornea affect vision?
Injuries to the cornea can result in swelling, scarring, and deformity that diminishes clarity and smoothness of the area. If your cornea is injured, you may suffer from glare or blurred vision due to scattered or distorted light passing through the cornea.
At Cedar Valley Eye Care we can perform a cornea transplant if:
- Alternative treatments, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses, are not sufficient to correct your vision
- You experience painful that is not relieved by medications or special contact lenses
What conditions may cause the need for a corneal transplant?
- A steep curving of the cornea known as keratoconus
- Fuchs’ dystrophy and other Hereditary corneal failures
- Corneal failure after another eye surgery, such as cataract surgery
- Scarring after herpes and other infections
- Rejection after a first corneal implant
- Post-injury scarring
Corneal transplants can make a critical difference in your vision, and in your life. If you are experiencing discomfort, irregular shaping, or other serious conditions related to your cornea resulting from an eye injury, infection, genetics or other factors, contact us today to learn more about corneal transplants and schedule your consultation with one of our experienced providers.