They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s the case, than that window is the cornea. The cornea is the clear part that focuses light into the eye. This allows you to see clearly. This layer of cells that make up the cornea work together to provide clarity and to protect your eye. However, in order to have the best vision possible, the cornea must be healthy, clear, and smooth. Damage, scarring, or other problems can cause light to not focus into the eye and cause glare or blurry vision. When situations such as this occur, a doctor may suggest corneal transplant.
The cornea transplant procedure
There are different types of corneal transplant procedures that may be performed at Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea in Wilmington, NC. These include:
- Full-thickness corneal transplant
- Partial-thickness corneal transplant
- Endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK and DMEK)
These surgical procedures are routine and are performed by our trained and experienced doctor, Dr. Brian Groat.
What can I expect from recovery?
As can be expected from any surgical procedure performed on the human body, patients are welcome to ask their doctor about the recovery process following corneal transplant surgery. Dr. Brian Groat often encourages patients to follow his post-operative recommendations, which are given the day of surgery when patients are released. Below are just a few things to consider following this procedure:
- Avoid pressing or rubbing the eye
- Use provided eye drops as prescribed
- Ask if your stitches need to be removed
- Take over-the-counter pain medications if uncomfortable
- Protect your eyes with glasses or eye shields
- Schedule a follow-up appointment for further evaluation and to monitor healing
- Ask the doctor if you have any signs of continued pain, light sensitivity, excessive redness, or hazy vision
Learn more about corneal transplant and recovery with Dr. Brian Groat. Wilmington, NC patients who are interested in discussing the possibility of corneal transplant are encouraged to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Brian Groat of Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea. His practice is located at 1915 South 17th Street in Suite 101, and accepts new and current patients who call (910) 769-4590 for an appointment.