If you have had trouble with your vision due to a corneal related problem such as loss of vision due to the cloudiness of the cornea, scarring of the cornea caused by injury or infection, or if you are suffering from an eye related disease like keratocnous, then you may be an ideal candidate for corneal replacement surgery. So, what exactly is this type of surgery, how is it performed, and what are the results that you can expect? Read on to learn more.
What is Corneal Replacement Surgery
Corneal replacement surgery is a surgical procedure that is done in order to replace a part of your cornea or corneal tissue from a donor. When your cornea is damaged or if you start to notice vision problems such as blurred or skewed vision, then your cornea will start to cloud which will help prevent you from being able to see things clearly. During corneal replacement surgery, your vision will be restored, the appearance of your cornea will be improved, and any pain that you may be experiencing will subside.
How is Corneal Replacement Surgery Performed?
Although you will be conscious during the entirety of your procedure, it’s nice to know exactly what is going to be performed and how it is going to be done. Before your transplant procedure starts, you will be give a sedative and a local anesthetic will be applied to numb your eye. Once you are comfortable and unable to feel a thing, Dr. Steve Thom will then cut through the corneal in order to remove a disc of corneal tissue. Once removed, the tissue will then be replaced with tissue from a matched donor. Afterwards, Dr. Steve Thom will then stitch up your eye with fine thread in order to keep your new cornea in place and to help it heal properly.
Who is an Ideal Candidate?
If you suffer from any of the following corneal related problems and if you have been approved by Dr. Steve Thom after having an eye exam, then you will be deemed a good candidate for corneal transplant surgery:
- Corneal Scarring
- Clouding or Swelling of the Cornea
- Corneal Ulcers
- Fuchs’ dystrophy
If you would like to learn more about corneal transplant surgery or if you would just like to set up an eye appointment with Dr. Steve Thom, contact our office today!