Surgical Procedures available to treat Corneal Disease

Corneal Surgery in Dallas and Fort Worth

Cornea Transplants

Corneal diseases and eye injuries can result in damaged corneas and blurry vision.  When the visual impact is significant, a corneal transplant can become necessary.  Over the past decade, cornea transplantation techniques have advanced rapidly.  There are now several different types of cornea transplant procedures.  Your specific treatment recommendation is based upon which layer of the cornea is affected.  Corneal transplant procedures are extremely successful generally resulting in a clear cornea between 4 and 12 months after your surgery.  Comprised of all cornea fellowship-trained surgeons, the Cornea Associates of Texas team is uniquely qualified to perform your corneal transplant surgery. 

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Partial Corneal Transplant:  DSEK or DSEK and DMEK or DMAEK

Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) and Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) are surgical techniques that precisely remove the damaged layer of the cornea for patients with conditions such as Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy, corneal edema, and other forms of endothelial dysfunction.  Because DSEK and DMEK are not a full-thickness corneal transplants, recovery time is quicker than with traditional transplants.  Visual recovery is gradual, but most patients obtain their best-corrected visual acuity between 1-3 months. 

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Corneal Collagen Crosslinking (CXL)

Corneal collagen cross-linking is a technique that was first used in 1998 to treat patients with a disease called keratoconus. In keratoconus, the cornea (the front clear window of the eye) can become weak, thin, and irregularly shaped. Instead of keeping its normal round shape, corneas with keratoconus can bulge forward into the shape of a cone causing poor vision. CXL is now being performed for patients with this condition in approximately 450 centers throughout the world. Through a research study, our practice is now able to provide this investigational treatment to our patients using advanced technology for cross-linking.

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INTACS Corneal Implants

INTACS® prescription inserts provide a unique new option for keratoconic patients who are contact lens intolerant or can no longer achieve suitable vision with contact lenses or glasses. INTACS® are available as an alternative to a corneal transplant for patients with mild to moderate keratoconus.

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