Using Corneal Transplants to Restore Vision
Over 46,000 corneal transplants were performed in 2011 in the United States, and the Eye Bank of America has reported that “over 95% of all corneal transplant operations successfully restore the corneal recipient’s vision.”
The surgeons at Cleveland Clinic Sugarbush Eye and Laser Centre are trained to perform corneal transplant surgery, which replaces a diseased cornea with a new one from an eye donor. The cornea is the clear front of your eye that allows light to enter and helps the eye focus. When the cornea becomes diseased, your vision suffers, and often glasses, contact lenses and medications cannot correct the problem.
Corneal diseases can stem from:
- Congenital conditions
- Infection or trauma scarring
- Degenerative diseases, such as keratoconus
- Corneal swelling from prior eye surgery
The Eye Bank Association of America has strict guidelines to ensure that only high quality corneal tissue is used for corneal transplant surgery. This, along with the choice of an experienced corneal transplant surgeon, helps to lessen your chances for complication.
If you or a loved one has reduced vision due to a diseased cornea, please contact us today to schedule a Corneal Transplant Consultation.
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