Having good eyesight is essential to fully enjoying your life. Whether it be reading, driving, or any number of other daily activities, your eyes are your window to the world. If you have recently noticed a deterioration in your vision, you may have a damaged cornea in one or both eyes. Cornea surgery may be able to help you.
A Closer Look at the Cornea
The cornea is the part of the eye that is transparent and located on the outermost layer of the eyeball. Its purpose is focusing your vision for optimal visual clarity. However, the cornea is somewhat different than other eye tissues since it has no blood vessels that would otherwise obscure your vision. Since the cornea has no blood flow to protect or nourish it, it is an unusually sensitive tissue.
Even though the cornea may appear transparent and formless, it is actually a very organized type of tissue. Since it does not have a blood supply, the cornea receives nourishment from both tears and something called the aqueous humor, which is a fluid behind the cornea. Even though your cornea is vulnerable to numerous types of disease and damage, there are repair options available for anyone suffering from a cornea-related eye condition.
DSEK Cornea Surgery for Cornea Repair
DSEK surgery is a surgical treatment technique that can help permanently repair a diseased or damaged cornea. This procedure is considered to be the gold standard in cornea treatment. Before its development, the only option patients had for cornea damage was a corneal transplant.
DSEK cornea surgery is superior to corneal transplants because it offers faster eyesight recovery and less downtime, as well as not requiring sutures at the corneal surface. The surgery also induces less astigmatism and results in greater stability in the globe and ocular surface.
Learn More About Cornea Surgery
Having a diseased or damaged cornea can prove to be devastating to your vision. The good news is that cornea surgery offers a permanent solution to anyone who requires a corneal transplant. At Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, we proudly offer cornea surgery via the Penetrating Keratoplasty procedure or the DSEK procedure, depending on the situation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how cornea surgery can enhance your vision and give you a better quality of life!