8901 W Golf Rd , Ste 300, Des Plaines IL 60016

Corneal Transplant Surgery in Des Plaines, IL

Corneal Transplant Surgery in Des Plaines, IL

The cornea is the front-most part of the eye and has many important functions. One of the most important functions of the cornea is to refract light, making vision possible. Due to injury and illness, the cornea can become damaged. In this situation, cornea transplant surgery is the best option. Corneal transplant surgery replaces a damaged or degenerative cornea with one from a donor eye.

Request more information about cornea transplant surgery today: Call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.

What is Corneal Transplant Surgery?

Corneal transplant surgery is a corrective vision procedure used to address a number of vision problems. Like all transplant surgeries, cornea transplant surgery involves the removal of damaged tissue, which is then replaced with donor tissue.

Cornea transplant surgery is typically the best option for any condition that has severely damaged the cornea. This treatment option is commonly used to address:

  • Bulging corneas
  • Thinning corneas
  • Scarred corneas
  • Damage due to eye infections
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Problems due to eye surgery
  • Cloudy corneas

When the cornea is damaged, degenerating, or cloudy, it can make vision nearly impossible. Cornea transplant corrects these issues by adding a “new” cornea to the eye.

How Does Corneal Transplant Surgery Work?

Cornea transplant surgery typically starts with an initial eye exam to determine several factors. These factors include a patient's suitability for a transplant, the cause of the underlying vision issues and the corneal size. Just as people's eyes vary greatly in size, so do their corneas. Because of this, finding a donor cornea that matches size is crucial.

Donor corneas are typically very common, especially when compared to other donor organs. According to health guidelines, no corneas that are damaged or belonged to a person with serious vision problems will be used.

During the cornea transplant procedure:

  • Sedatives are provided. The surgery is typically performed when the patient is awake so that the eyes are accessible.
  • A precise circular incision is made in to the patient's cornea. This incision will vary in size, depending on how much of the cornea is damaged.
  • The cornea is removed using special surgical tools.
  • The donor cornea, which has been sized to fit the incision, is placed in the patient's eye.
  • Very small stitches are used to hold the cornea in to place. Once the cornea has fully fused, these stitches will be removed.

In some cases, only a small portion of the cornea will be removed during surgery. For others, the entire cornea will be removed.

Corneal Transplant Surgery Recovery

Cornea transplant surgery is generally considered a safe and effective treatment. Recovery for a cornea transplant involves many follow-up appointments and careful activity by the patient. Following surgery, it's important to use eye-drops as recommended and avoid strenuous activity to prevent eye infection

Most people receiving cornea transplant surgery see vision improvement over the weeks following surgery. During this time, it's normal to expect many follow-up appointments to ensure the cornea has integrated in to the eye correctly.

Request Cornea Transplant Information Today

Cornea transplant surgery may help restore clarity and focus for those suffering from damaged corneas. Request more information about corneal transplants today: call (847) 824-3127 or contact Dr. James Katz online.

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8901 W Golf Rd
Ste 300
Des Plaines, IL 60016
(847) 824-3127


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