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How to know if a corneal transplant is right for you

Monday, March 15th, 2021, 7:54 am

Your eye health is important, especially when it comes to maintaining your vision. Vision is important for many aspects of a patient’s life, including certain activities such as driving, reading, and in many cases, remaining employed. Patients who are dealing with certain conditions may find that they are a good candidate to undergo surgical procedures such as the corneal transplant.

What is corneal transplant?

Just like transplants elsewhere on the body, a corneal transplant is the replacement of the cornea within the eye. This is often done for patients who have certain conditions that are impacting their vision health, including:

  • Scarring on the cornea after trauma to the eye
  • The curving and thinning of the cornea (Keratoconus)
  • Corneal failure after previous eye surgeries
  • Hereditary corneal failure, including those diagnosed with Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Scarring following infections such as herpes simplex

What corneal transplant types are available?

There are different transplants that may be used based on a patient’s specific needs. This includes PKs, DSAEK’s, and DALK. During a consultation appointment with the doctors of Marion Eye Center and Optical, patients can converse with professionals to determine which type of corneal transplant is most appropriate for their unique situation. This is decided with a comprehensive eye examination and a review of the patient’s medical and vision history. The doctor can make a recommendation that is best for a patient based on this information.

Who is a candidate for corneal transplant?

The conditions above may call for the need for surgical intervention with a corneal transplant. There is no “one size fits all” solution for patients, so it is vital that they connect with a doctor for a comprehensive evaluation and to discuss the goals they have for their vision health. Patients who are evaluated can speak to their doctor about their candidacy for corneal transplant or other eye surgeries that might assist with their vision acuity and health.

Want to find out more about corneal transplants?

Contact Marion Eye Center and Optical today to book an appointment at any of the 36 locations throughout Missouri and Illinois. Our team can evaluate you to determine if you are a good candidate and help you in seeing clearly!

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Category: Corneal Transplant


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