If you have keratoconus or Fuch’s dystrophy, you may eventually need a corneal transplant to restore your vision. Dr. Vicki Lin at iSight Vision Care in Fountain Valley & Huntington Beach, California, is an expert at providing Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), penetrating keratoplasty (PK), and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty transplants (DALK).
A corneal transplant is a treatment to remove a cloudy or diseased cornea and replace it with a healthy one. Corneas can become cloudy due to genetics, injury, or disease, which can cause blurry vision or blindness. By replacing the cornea, vision can be restored.
There are three main types of corneal transplants which Dr. Lin can perform. These include:
Two of the main problems that lead to the need for a corneal transplant include keratoconus and Fuch’s dystrophy.
Keratoconus is a genetic eye disease in which the normally round, dome-shaped cornea progressively thins causing a cone-like bulge to develop.This can cause distortion and blurring of vision. In most cases, these symptoms can be treated with contact lenses. However, severe scarring or extreme thinning may require a corneal transplant.
Fuch’s dystrophy is a progressive disease affecting the cells of the cornea. These cells begin to diminish with age, leading to the corneal fluid swelling and therefore poor vision. Because this disease causes the cornea to gradually worsen over time, a transplant may be an option to regain clear vision.
Other reasons for corneal transplant include:
At iSight Vision Care, we accept most major vision insurance plans. Here is a short list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.