The cornea is the clear tissue at the front of the eye that admits light and directs it to the lens. Injury or disease can leave the cornea blurred or opaque, severely distorting or blocking vision. The surgeons of Wolstan & Goldberg Eye Associates can perform a cornea transplant to replace a damaged or diseased cornea, using one of several techniques.
In the traditional corneal transplant, as originally performed in 1905, the clear central portion of the patient’s cornea is replaced with that of a human donor. Recovery and restoration of clear vision can take up to 6 months to 1 year. In certain corneal disease cases (Fuch’s Dystrophy, Corneal Edema, etc.), our surgeons may be able to perform Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) instead. This new procedure requires only the transplantation of the damaged inner layer of the cornea, known as the endothelium. Recovery from DSEK is easier and faster than traditional transplant. Ask your doctor to determine if DSEK is right for you.