Understanding the Different Types of Cornea Transplants
If you need a cornea transplant, you might be experiencing poor vision, eye pain, or discomfort. Thanks to the generosity of donors who allow their organs or tissue to be transplanted after they die, and the miracles of modern medicine, cornea transplants improve the lives of many people. A single corneal tissue donation can give two people back their sight.
At VIP Laser Eye Center, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, and Port St. Lucie, Florida, our experienced team of optometrists performs cornea transplant procedures. We can restore the sight of patients and resolve their eye-related pain and discomfort.
Why you could need a cornea transplant
The delicate inner workings of your eye are covered by a transparent protective layer. This is called your cornea. Your corneal tissue actively works to filter light, helping you to see clearly, both in the distance and up close. If you have corneal damage, both your close-up and long-distance vision could be diminished, possibly significantly.
Several types of conditions could call for a cornea transplant. These include:
- Conditions that specifically affect the cornea, such as Fuchs’ dystrophy and keratoconus
- Severe eye infections
- Scarring to your cornea following an operation or infection
If you are experiencing any trouble with your vision, don’t hesitate to contact our eye care team right away.
Flexible treatment options to restore your vision
With a corneal transplant, you can treat problems like Fuchs’ dystrophy or infection. If you have symptoms including impaired vision, discomfort, pain, and light sensitivity, a corneal transplant may be the best way to restore your cornea and your vision.
At VIP Laser Eye Center, we can use multiple types of cornea transplant surgeries. You may benefit from procedures like:
- Endothelial keratoplasty: a procedure that replaces the thin corneal layer behind the other layers and closest to your iris with donor tissue
- Partial thickness transplant: targeting only your cornea’s front and center layers for replacement with donor tissue
- Full thickness transplant: completely replacing all of your cornea layers with donor tissue
You could even be able to benefit from the use of an artificial cornea as appropriate in your transplant procedure.
Finding the right fit for you
Our team at VIP Laser Eye Center consults with you to determine which cornea transplant procedure is best for your unique health care needs. We start by examining the causes of your eye problems and determining how many layers of your cornea will need to be replaced with donor tissues. We also take your medical history into account when creating your treatment plan.
Before your cornea transplant, our dedicated team educates you about how to prepare and what to expect during your surgical procedure. We care about your total eye health and whole-body wellness. If you need a cornea transplant, you’re in safe hands, all the way through to your successful, complete recovery.
To learn more about how a cornea transplant could help you regain your sight and end your eye pain and discomfort, get in touch with VIP Laser Eye Center today. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone.