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Understanding the Cornea Transplant Procedure

Patients who visit an ophthalmologist in the area of Wilmington, NC with problems such as eye pain and cloudy or blurred vision may find out that they have experienced damage to the cornea that may require replacement. When a cornea cannot be repaired with other methodologies, patients may be advised by their doctor that a cornea transplant is their best solution. Dr. Brian Groat is a provider at Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea who can educate patients on the procedure and help them understand situations in which the cornea transplant may be beneficial.

What is the cornea and what does it do?

The cornea is the dome-shaped, clear area of the eye that protects it from particles and UV light. When it works correctly with the eye lens, it can help focus light that enters into the eye to provide clear vision. It includes three layers of tissues and two layers of membrane. When patients are experiencing problematic vision and a doctor has determined that the cornea is beyond repair, cornea transplant is often suggested.

What is a cornea transplant?

A cornea transplant is a procedure that is performed by a doctor to replace the cornea. The procedure is performed by a surgeon who removes the damaged corneal tissue and uses a donor cornea for replacement. This cornea is often donated by a deceased human donor who has healthy corneal tissue. At the end of the procedure, patients will experience clear vision and a better quality of life.

What conditions can occur that require cornea transplant?

There are many conditions that can develop that may later require a cornea transplant, including:

  • Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Keratoconus
  • Infections
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Bullous keratopathy
  • Keratitis

Are you seeking a solution to improve your eyesight?

If you have been advised that a cornea transplant is right for you, we encourage you to take the time to learn more about the procedure and determine if it is right for you. Contact Dr. Brian Groat of Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea in Wilmington, NC today by calling (910) 769-4590 and visiting the practice in Suite 101 at 1915 South 17th Street. New and existing patients are welcome to our facility to learn about cornea transplant and other procedures available in our office.

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