Corneal Abrasion Treatments
The ophthalmologists of Vision Surgery Consultants specialize in the management of cornea conditions including corneal abrasion. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped tissue of the iris, or the colored part of the eye. Certain conditions can lead to visual loss that is only treatable with a corneal transplantation. For conditions that cause scarring or opacification of multiple layers of the cornea, a full-thickness transplant or Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) is often used. This is where the entire central cornea is removed and replaced with a cornea from a healthy donor. The donor is secured to the recipient cornea with multiple sutures.
Though full-thickness cornea transplants have a high success rate, the post-operative care can be intensive with a recovery time up to a year or more. In recent years, a new cornea transplantation technique has been developed called Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK). It can be used for conditions where only the inside layer of the cornea is abnormal, which tends to cause corneal swelling and clouding, such as in Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy. With this procedure, only the endothelium of the cornea is removed and replaced with a new inside (endothelial) layer from a healthy cornea donor. With a new healthy endothelium, the cornea swelling subsides and the vision improves. The benefits of DSEK over a PK include a faster recovery time, smaller incisions, less sutures and ultimately a safer procedure.
If you have a corneal abrasion or may need cornea surgery, please make an appointment with the eye surgeons of Vision Surgery Consultants for a thorough evaluation.