Your cornea plays a large part in your visual acuity. So when you’re affected by cornea disease, such as keratoconus, the cornea distortion can greatly impact your ability to perform everyday tasks. Even driving and reading become increasingly difficult. Although a cornea disease like keratoconus rarely progresses into blindness, it is important to visit our team of cornea specialists to receive safe and innovative treatments. Our doctors offer innovative corneal transplants and eye care solutions to clients in Michigan and Ohio.
Our selection of available corneal treatments can range from a new prescription and gas permeable contact lenses to corneal cross-linking or transplant surgery. Give our professional staff a call at (877) 852-8463 or click here to set up an appointment and learn which type of treatment suits you best.
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What Is a Corneal Transplant?
Corneal transplants are typically performed for conditions such as keratoconus. A corneal transplant occurs when a cornea specialist partially or fully removes your damaged cornea and switches it with a donated cornea. Our team of ophthalmologists are committed to preserving your eye structure and sight.
Corneal Transplant Types
- Artificial Cornea Transplant: If you’re ineligible for a donor cornea, you may still be suitable for an artificial cornea during keratoprosthesis. Our staff of ophthalmologists can let you know during your evaluation.
- Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty: Depending on the level of damage, you may receive a superficial ALK procedure, so that the healthy stroma and endothelium remain untouched. Otherwise, a deep ALK procedure grafts healthy donor tissue to replace anything that is removed.
- Endothelial Keratoplasty: One-third of the back cornea is traded in Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty. In Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty, only ultra-thin donor tissue is used.
- Penetrating Keratoplasty: A small disk of tissue is removed by our team of specialists in a full-thickness cornea transplant for the diseased cornea to suture in a healthy donor cornea.
What Is the Cornea Responsible For?
The cornea is the clear, outer, and frontal layer of your eye. Its dome shape helps sharpen your eyesight by focusing light at the back of your eye onto the retina. This is to ensure the light can be sent through the optic nerve to be processed as a picture by your brain.
Our team of specialists offer reliable corneal transplants and treatments in areas such as Ann Arbor, Adrian, Toledo, Jackson, and Battle Creek. In addition, our doctors provide other treatments for various types of vision conditions such as presbyopia, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Give our staff of ophthalmologists a call by phone at (877) 852-8463 to request an appointment and receive a cornea treatment. Our doctors will take meticulous care of your eyes. We want to be sure you see the world in full vibrancy.
Layers of the Cornea
The cornea may be clear, but it is an advanced component of your eye that helps you see. The smooth outermost layer shields, focuses light, and passes nutrients across your cornea. Although there aren’t any blood vessels in your cornea, there are thousands of nerve endings here.
Past this layer, other layers heal and give shape to the cornea as a whole. The furthest back layers support your immune system and balance eye fluids to alleviate pressure. If you are encountering vision issues at night or during the day, give our team of doctors a call by phone at (877) 852-8463 to request an appointment. Our team of cornea specialists and ophthalmologists in Adrian, MI will perform an exam of your eyes to diagnose the source of your inadequate vision. Our team has the equipment and skills necessary to examine the individual layers of the cornea.
How Does a Cornea Help Eyesight?
The cornea is designed to circulate light onto your retina and is essential for your vision. It does so by bending or refracting light towards your eye lens. Next, the light is sent to the retina, which turns it into nerve impulses for brain interpretation.
Common Cornea Issues
Sensitive to pollen or other allergens? You may experience burning or stinging along your cornea. These symptoms can be caused by dryness. This condition may be the source of eye redness, itchiness, and irritation. You may also emit tears or discharge because of corneal dystrophy, shingles, or herpes.
Our cornea specialists can provide you with antiviral medication to prevent issues such as cloudy vision. Our staff of ophthalmologists offer safe and trustworthy corneal transplants and treatments to clients in areas such as Adrian, Toledo, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Jackson. Give our team a call at (877) 852-8463 to request a vision exam. Our doctors will perform a vision diagnosis and offer innovative treatments to eliminate your cornea issues.
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What to Expect During a Corneal Transplant
Depending on where you go or what procedure you opted for, you may receive local anesthesia to properly numb your eye or be put to sleep. These factors also affect the time required for corneal transplant surgery, as eyes are done one at a time. Nevertheless, you should never experience any pain during the appointment.
Immediately after the corneal transplant is complete, our doctors and specialists may give you oral medication to prevent discomfort and infection. Your medication could also include immunosuppressant eye drops to avoid cornea rejection.
As your recovery starts, you should wear glasses or other forms of eye protection. Lay on your back and take it easy in the days following your surgery so you don’t aggravate the new tissue or injure yourself. That means no rubbing or touching your eyes either. Even after a year of follow-ups, you’ll need to keep your guard up when it comes to their safety.
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Corneal Transplants & Eye Care Solutions in Ann Arbor, Toledo, & Other Areas
We offer innovative corneal treatments and transplants to clients. Our team will examine your cornea and develop custom treatments to restore or preserve your vision. The longer you wait to treat your cornea, the more entangled the issue could get.
Keep the situation clear and your eyesight clearer and request an appointment with the thoughtful cornea specialists on our team. In addition, our staff of ophthalmologists offer other types of eye care solutions such as cataract eye surgery, glaucoma treatments, LASIK eye surgery, astigmatism treatments, and retinal detachment surgery. We offer corneal transplants and eye care treatments in areas such as Lansing, Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Toledo, Kalamazoo, Jackson, and Adrian. Set up a consultation online or give us a call at (877) 852-8463 to coordinate a cornea solution.