Here at Insight Complete Eye Care, our optometrists do everything they can to keep our patients’ eyes healthy, including the corneas. But there are still situations in which some individuals might require a corneal transplant. If you’re concerned and confused about this procedure, check out these answers to some frequently asked questions on the subject at our Dallas, TX optometry center.
What is a Corneal Transplant?
A corneal transplant (keratoplasty) is a procedure in which some or all of a cornea in need of replacement is exchanged with donor tissue. The surgery may be done with traditional surgical technologies or with the aid of a surgical laser.
What Conditions Might Call for Corneal Transplants?
A corneal transplant may be necessary if you sustain a serious injury such as chemical burns to the corneas. Clouding or repeated scarring of the corneal tissues over time may eventually obscure vision until you need surgery. Extremely thin corneal tissue caused by keratoconus may require transplantation.
Where Do Eye Surgeons Get Their Donor Corneas?
Regional facilities maintain tissue banks that include corneal tissue from individuals who have donated their corneas to medicine. The donor tissues are carefully inspected before surgery to make sure they are safe to use and appropriate for your eyes.
What are Some Common Forms of Corneal Transplant?
Endothelial keratoplasty replaces only the inner layer of your corneal tissue with donor tissue. A partial thickness corneal transplant replaces only the middle and outer layers. A penetrating keratoplasty (PK) replaces the full thickness of the corneal tissue.
What Can I Expect During/After the Procedure?
The total operating room time involved is generally two hours or less. You will have some redness, tearing, light sensitivity, and irritation for a few days. An eye shield will protect your treated eye during sleep while it recovers. Eye drops and ointments will be prescribed to protect the eye from complications.
How Successful are Corneal Transplants?
Due to the avascular nature of the cornea, most corneal transplants are highly successful and last for many years. Some people may experience tissue rejection, in which case another transplant may be necessary.
How Can Your Optometry Clinic Help?
We can advise you when it’s time to consider a corneal transplant and counsel you on the procedure. We can also co-manage your recovery through regular eye and vision exams.
More Questions? Talk to an Optometrist at Our Dallas Clinic
Any optometrist at our Dallas, TX, clinic will be happy to answer your corneal transplant questions. Call (214) 739-8611 to schedule a consultation at Insight Complete Eye Care!