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Corneal Transplants

Corneal transplants remove the damaged area of the cornea and replace it with a clear corneal tissue from a donor.

What causes a person to need a corneal transplant surgery?  Many corneal disorders and injuries to the cornea can impair vision. These include:

  • Congenital diseases like keratoconus
  • Scars from infection or trauma
  • Degenerative corneal diseases
  • Corneal dystrophies

All of these cause the cornea to lose its clarity. In many cases, there are no medications, glasses or contact lenses that can improve the clarity of the cornea and provide good vision, so the only option for visual rehabilitation is a corneal transplant surgery.

Although the thought of a corneal transplant surgery may be daunting, it is a truly life-changing procedure to those who need it…restoring vision from blindness.  Over 40,000 corneal transplants are performed each year in the United States, making it by far the most common and successful form of transplantation.

Kremer Eye Center’s fellowship-trained corneal specialists were the first in the region to perform sutureless corneal transplants (DSAEK) and, more recently, have become the first in the tri-state area to utilize IEK laser technology (IntraLase-enabled Keratoplasty), providing a more stable graft that speeds patient healing and visual recovery.

For more information, to learn about insurance coverage for cornea transplant surgery, or to schedule an evaluation, please call us at 1-800-694-3937.

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