Corneal disease can cause loss of vision and significant vision impairment, and corneal transplantation can be an effective treatment for those affected by it.
Corneal disease can cause loss of vision and significant vision impairment, and corneal transplantation can be an effective treatment for those affected by it. Dr. Ksenia Stafeeva, the New Eyes corneal specialist, can perform corneal transplantation as an outpatient procedure. We can help to improve the effects of corneal disease and successfully reduce vision loss.
Causes of Corneal Disease
A number of factors may contribute to the development of corneal disease, which can ultimately necessitate a corneal transplant. These factors include:
- Trauma or injury to the cornea
- Corneal swelling due to Fuchs’ dystrophy, keratoconus, and/or other diseases of the eye
- Corneal swelling following an eye surgery procedure
- Corneal scarring
- Corneal infection due to the wearing of contact lenses
Corneal Transplant Procedures
Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK)
Penetrating Keratoplasty is the replacement of the cornea with a graft derived from a human donor. Corneal transplantation requires skill and dexterity that is far beyond what is required in other types of eye surgery. Dr. Ksenia Stafeeva is a fellowship-trained surgeon who is an expert in performing these complex procedures. A corneal transplant may become necessary as the last option, should vision improvement not be achieved with corrective eyewear or other treatment options. Dr. Stafeeva will do her best to avoid the need for corneal transplantation using less invasive procedures such as DSEK.
Corneal Transplant: Overview
Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)
DSEK, also known as a partial-thickness corneal transplant, is an alternative to the corneal graft transplant (PK). This procedure involves replacing only the thin endothelial layer of the cornea with donor endothelial tissue. The wound after this procedure heals faster than after full corneal transplant, and vision returns much sooner. There is also less risk of tissue rejection because the majority of the cornea remains in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below, you can find a list of commonly asked questions about corneal transplantation. If you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to our practice.
Am I a good candidate for corneal transplantation?
What is the recovery period like for corneal transplantation?
What results should I expect following full corneal transplantation surgery?
What are the risks of corneal transplantation?
For more information on corneal disease and treatment options such as corneal transplantation, please contact New Eyes today.