About Cornea Transplants
If you have been diagnosed with a corneal disease such as Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy, you may be a candidate for a partial-thickness corneal transplant to improve your vision. To complete this type of procedure, our skilled fellowship-trained and board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Alison R. Tendler, will surgically remove a small portion of corneal tissue and replace it with donor tissue in one of three transplant techniques, DSEK (Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty), DSAEK (Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty), or DMEK (Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty). The new corneal tissue self-adheres without the need for sutures. The talented team at ART Vision is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of many cornea-related diseases and disorders and can effectively perform corneal transplants using state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques. If you have a corneal disease or disorder and would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact our Sioux Falls, SD facility today to schedule a consultation.
Best Candidates for Cornea Transplant
Patients who are considering a corneal transplant as a treatment option should meet with Dr. Tendler to ensure they are ideal candidates for the procedure, as well as understand their optiosn and set expectiations. Generally speaking, patients who receive the most benefits from a partial corneal transplant may have Fuchs' dystrophy and are experiencing:
- Fluctuating vision
- Cornea swelling or fluid buildup in the cornea
- Hazy vision
- Loss of good quality vision, even with glasses
Cornea Transplant Procedure Technique
Endothelial keratoplaties (DSEK, DSAEK, and DMEK) are all performed very similarly and typically take less than 30 minutes from beginning to end. During the procedure, Dr. Tendler removes the diseased or dysfunction portion of the cornea endothelium, and replaces it with special pre-prepared donor corneal tissue. Your procedure is always performed under sedation and a localized numbing block /to ensure maximum comfort. The eye will be patched and shielded.
Cornea Transplant Follow-Up
Prior to your procedure, you will be provided with detailed aftercare instructions. It is of the utmost importance that instructions are closely followed after surgery and that all follow-up appointments are attended. Full recovery after a corneal transplant can vary according to a number of factors. During the first 1-2 weeks you should begin noticing improved clarity, but the eye will be quite blurry right away. Over the next serval months, continued improvements will be made.
Discover Your Options
ART Vision takes great pride in preserving your vision by repairing your sight with highly effective treatment options that truly work. We strive to provide you with the most advanced surgical options possible combined with the expertise of a fellowship-trained corneal eye surgeon. If you believe you could benefit from a corneal transplant and would like to discuss your options, we invite you to contact our Sioux Falls, SD facility today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Alison Tendler. It's time to See the World Better and See Yourself Better.