Keratoconus is a condition that causes the cornea, the clear front part of the eye, to thin and bulge into a cone shape. This can lead to blurred vision, distortion, and sensitivity to light.
In some cases, keratoconus can be managed with contact lenses or other corrective procedures. However, when the disease progresses to a certain point, a corneal transplant may be necessary. A corneal transplant is a surgery to replace a damaged or diseased cornea with a healthy one from a donor.
Corneal Transplant for Keratoconus at The Eye Foundation
At The Eye Foundation, we are experts in corneal transplantation for keratoconus. We offer a variety of surgical options, including:
- Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK): This is a type of corneal transplant that replaces only the damaged layers of the cornea, leaving the healthy layers intact. DALK is the preferred surgical option for many patients with keratoconus, as it has a lower risk of rejection than traditional full-thickness corneal transplants.
- Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK): This is a type of corneal transplant that replaces only the inner layer of the cornea, known as the endothelium. EK is often used for patients with keratoconus who have developed corneal swelling.
- Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK): This is a newer type of EK that is even less invasive than traditional EK. DMEK is performed using a femtosecond laser to create a very thin graft of the endothelium.
The Benefits of a Corneal Transplant for Keratoconus
A corneal transplant can significantly improve vision and quality of life for patients with keratoconus. In most cases, patients experience a significant improvement in their vision after surgery. They are also able to reduce or eliminate their dependence on contact lenses or other corrective procedures.
Risks and Side Effects of a Corneal Transplant
As with any surgery, there are some risks and side effects associated with a corneal transplant. These risks include infection, rejection, and swelling. However, the risks are generally low and the benefits of surgery often outweigh the risks.
Recovering from a Corneal Transplant
The recovery time from a corneal transplant varies from patient to patient. Most patients are able to return home from the hospital on the same day as surgery. However, it is important to rest and follow your doctor's instructions carefully during the recovery period.
If you are considering a corneal transplant for keratoconus, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced corneal surgeons at The Eye Foundation. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is best for you.
World Keratoconus Day is a day to raise awareness of keratoconus and to celebrate the advances that have been made in its treatment. At Eye Foundation, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and to helping them achieve the best possible vision. Schedule an Appointment to get your Vission Clearly.