The cornea is the clear layer of tissue that forms the surface of your eye. Without a properly functioning and healthy cornea, then you will not be able to see focused images. If your damaged cornea is causing serious vision loss and pain, then it may be time to consider a cornea transplant.
A cornea transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces your damaged cornea with healthy tissue from a donor. This procedure is also commonly called a keratoplasty. Replacing damaged corneal tissue should restore your vision while also eliminating any other symptoms associated with the damaged eye tissue. Some of the most popular problems that can be corrected with a cornea transplant include swelling, clouding, scarring and thinning of the cornea.
While a cornea transplant is considered an extremely safe surgery, you will have to undergo several eye exams before getting the procedure. One of the eye exams will help determine the size of the donor cornea needed. Once you have gone through the eye exams, you will have to wait for a proper donor cornea to be found. Unlike other organ donations, the wait time is usually very short when getting a replacement cornea.
Prior to starting the surgery, your eye will be numbed to ensure that you feel no discomfort throughout the procedure. The entire section of your damaged cornea will be removed. Once the damaged corneal tissue is removed, the donor tissue will be placed in the opening. The new cornea is then carefully attached to your eye.
You will be required to wear an eye patch until the cornea fully heals from the surgery. Eye drops and other medications may be prescribed to ensure you do not get any infections in the eye. Regular follow-up exams will be required for the first year after the surgery to make sure that your eye is healing properly. You will want to take extra care of your eyes for the rest of your life.
If you are suffering from a damaged cornea, then you absolutely need to consider a cornea transplant. All of your eye troubles can be cured with one simple cornea transplant surgery. To see if this procedure is the right option for you, make an appointment at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington. Our professionals can assess the condition of your eyes and help you make an informed decision. Contact us today to book your consultation to learn more.