Cornea Transplant Surgery

  • Penetrating Keratoplasty
  • Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Intralase Enabled (Blade-free) Penetrating Keratoplasty
  • Pterygium Removal
  • Treatment of Ocular Surface Cancer
  • Amniografting
  • Anterior Segment Repair
  • Limbal Stem Cell Transplant
  • Pupil Repair
  • Crosslinking

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The cornea is the windshield of the eye and like a windshield, must be clean and clear in order to work. It is the clear front surface of the eye that covers the colored iris and the round pupil. Light is focused while passing through the cornea to allow for clear vision. In order for vision to remain clear, the cornea must be healthy.

If the cornea is damaged, it may become swollen or scarred. In either case, smoothness and clarity may be lost. The scars, swelling or irregular shape cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in glare or blurred vision.

If these problems interfere with your ability to see well enough to do the things you enjoy, a cornea transplant may be performed. Thousands of cornea transplants are performed each year and remain the most successful of all transplants. Some conditions that may benefit from a corneal transplant are:

  • Corneal failure following previous eye surgery
  • Keratoconus, a steep curving of the cornea
  • Hereditary corneal failure, such as Fuch’s Dystrophy
  • Scarring after infections, especially Herpes Simplex
  • Rejection after first Corneal Transplant
  • Scarring due to injury

Cornea transplants are the most successful of all transplant surgeries with thousands performed each year. They are performed in our Ambulatory Surgery Center under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis by the Pine Belt’s only fellowship-trained Cornea surgeon, Dr. Cameron Griffith. In addition, Dr. Griffith has performed many blade-free corneal transplant procedures at Southern Eye Center.

DSAEK Procedure

As we age, conditions such as Fuch’s Dystropy and Bullous Keratopathy cause damage to the inner lining of the cornea. Previously, we had no way to repair only the inner layer, so a full cornea transplant was necessary. DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) allows us to replace only the damaged area of the cornea, which leads to rapid recovery of visual acuity with virtually no associated astigmatism. This revolutionary technique represents a significant advance in corneal transplantation and is performed as an outpatient procedure in our Ambulatory Surgery Center.

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