Corneal Transplant

SoCal Eye – Corneal Transplant Specialists in Long Beach

The cornea is the clear front of the eye also known as the “window of the eye” and in some instances Corneal Replacement Surgery is necessary to restore vision or reduce eye pain. SoCal Eye Ophthalmology have Cornea Specialists and Corneal Transplant surgeons on staff in Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove. All treatment begins with a Consultation. Schedule an Appointment today at LAKEWOOD (562) 531-2020  | LOS ALAMITOS (562) 598-7728  or send us an Online Consultation Request

What is a Corneal Transplant?

A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure to replace part of your cornea with corneal tissue from a deceased donor. The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for a large part of your eye’s focusing power. In order to see properly the Cornea must remain clear and perfectly shaped for the transmission and focusing of light and images onto your retina.  When the cornea is damaged or sick and becomes misshapen or cloudy, it may have to be “replaced” with a corneal transplant once all medical treatment has been tried.

Corneal Transplant Causes & Risk Factors

Corneal damage and the need for Corneal Transplant Surgery can be caused by the following conditions:

  • Fuchs’ Dystrophy. A condition that causes Cornea cells to die
  • Keratoconus. A condition that causes the Cornea to be cone-shaped instead of dome-shaped
  • Traumatic Injuries to the Cornea that create scarring.
  • Previous eye surgeries that damaged the cornea
  • Bullous Keratopathy: Blister-like swelling of the cornea that causes blurred vision eye discomfort or pain
  • Keratitis. An inflammation of the cornea caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites

Corneal Transplant Symptoms & Detection

 Conditions that can result in Cornea Transplants occur either through damage or disease and a consultation with SoCal Eye Cornea Specialist will ascertain the need for surgery.  Typically symptoms are characterized by eye discomfort or eye pain and/or blurry/cloudy vision.

Cornea Transplant Treatment

A corneal transplant can restore vision, reduce pain, and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea. The cornea is made of five layers. In the past, corneal transplants involved replacing all five layers. The latest advances, however, allow us to replace only the layer that is damaged. This affords both better results and fast recovery. With advances in laser technology, we can often avoid transplant altogether.

Cornea transplant is the most common transplant operation performed in the U.S. About 40,000 corneal transplants are performed each year, according to the Eye Bank Association of America.

SoCal Eye Consultation:

A Corneal Transplant is a surgical procedure in response to damage to the cornea. It involves the replacement of the existing damaged cornea with a cornea from an organ donor. All treatment begins with a Consultation with a SoCal Eye Cornea Specialist or Cornea Surgeon in Long Beach . Schedule an Appointment today at LAKEWOOD (562) 531-2020  | LOS ALAMITOS (562) 598-7728  or send us an Online Consultation Request