We add Corneal Transplant for informational purposes on our refractive web site. Corneal transplantation is an incredible sight restoring surgical procedure but is not an elective refractive procedure; i.e. corneal transplant is not a procedure to electively replace glasses or contact lenses.  Our fellowship-trained Corneal surgeons perform the various types of corneal transplants on a routine basis.

A corneal transplant is a surgical operation in which a patient's damaged cornea is replaced with a healthy donated human corneal tissue or rarely in very special cases, with an artificial cornea. This procedure is performed in an operating room using local anesthesia and is virtually painless. Corneal transplantation is a sight restoring modality helping individuals with inherited corneal diseases as well as those with corneal scarring from previous infection or injury.

The vision recovery after corneal transplant is much more gradual than that after cataract surgery and laser vision correction. Full vision recovery can take 3-12 months (or even longer). Because conventional corneal transplantation involves the suturing of a round corneal donor tissue of unknown curvature into a patient's eye, large amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can occur which necessitates the use of thick eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Laser vision correction, including LASIK and ASA, can be used after corneal transplants to effectively reduce the need for thick and uncomfortable eyeglass correction or the necessity of using a contact lens.

The surgeons at Piedmont Better Vision are internationally recognized for corneal transplantation, much as with refractive surgery.  Our surgeons have extensive experience with the most advanced corneal transplantation techniques, including ENDOTHELIAL TRANSPLANTATION (referred to as DSEK or DSAEK) and DEEP ANTERIOR LAMELLAR TRANSPLANTATION ( referred to as DALK).  Since many individuals requiring corneal transplant have conditions only affecting a portion of the cornea, these partial thickness corneal transplant procedures allow for selective replacement of one layer without replacement of the entire cornea. Vision recovery is typically much faster than with traditional transplant and without many of the associated side-effects of full -thickness conventional transplants.

Some of our corneal surgeons are also internationally recognized leaders in the use of ARTIFICIAL (PROSTHETIC) CORNEAL TRANSPLANTS.  These artificial corneal implants are performed in patients with damaged corneas, yet otherwise healthy eyes, who are not good candidates for human corneal transplants.  The corneal implants include the Australian-designed AlphaCor and the Boston Keratoprosthesis (Boston KPro), also referred to as the Dohlman Keratoprosthesis.


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