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Corneal Transplant Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA

Corneal Transplants

When you look into someone's eyes, the first thing you see is the cornea. This is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye and plays a vital role in focusing vision. The health and clarity of your cornea are essential for good vision, and when it becomes damaged, it can have a profound impact on your quality of life.

At Medical & Surgical Eye Associates, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care possible. Our team of board-certified ophthalmologists includes Dr. Seth Fox, a cornea transplant specialist who has trained extensively with pioneers in the field of corneal transplant surgery. As one of the best corneal transplant doctors in the region, Dr. Fox offers a variety of implants that can help restore vision and improve the health of your eye.

If you're ready to receive the best care possible for your cornea from the top ophthalmologist Pittsburgh has to offer, we're ready to help you. Schedule your first appointment online with Medical & Surgical Eye Associates today.

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Pioneering Cornea Transplant Specialist In Forest Hills

Specializing in Leading-Edge Corneal Transplant

Corneal transplants are a type of surgery that replaces a damaged or diseased cornea with a healthy one from a donor. This procedure can restore vision and improve the health of your eye.

The first step in this process is to find a suitable donor for your transplant. The donor's cornea must be healthy and free of disease. Once a donor is found, the next step is to prepare your eye for surgery.

Here's how corneal eye transplant surgery typically works:

  • First, your ophthalmologist will make an incision in your eye to access the damaged or diseased cornea. 
  • Next, they will remove the damaged tissue and replace it with the healthy donor tissue. 
  • Finally, they will close the incision with stitches and place a patch over your eye.

There are three types of corneal transplants:

  • Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) is the most common type of corneal transplant. In this procedure, only the innermost layer of the cornea, known as the Descemet's membrane, is replaced.
  • Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) is similar to DMEK, but in this procedure, the entire inner layer of the cornea is replaced.
  • Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) is the most invasive type of corneal transplant. In this procedure, the entire thickness of the cornea is replaced. This type of transplant is usually only necessary when the damage to the cornea is severe and is often used to treat Fuch's Dystrophy, a progressive corneal disease.

The type of transplant that is right for you will be determined by your ophthalmologist based on the severity of your condition. 

Corneal transplants are a life-changing surgery that can restore vision and improve the quality of your life. If you're considering this procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team at Medical & Surgical Eye Associates. As the best eye doctor Pittsburgh has to offer, we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you make the best decision for your eye health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after my surgery?

After surgery, you will need to take care of your eye and follow your ophthalmologist's instructions. This will include using artificial tears to keep your eye lubricated and wearing an eye shield at night. You will also need to avoid rubbing or touching your eye.

Are there any side-effects of corneal transplant surgery?

Most people experience some discomfort after surgery, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You should also expect some blurred vision and light sensitivity. These symptoms will gradually improve as your eye heals.

Do you accept insurance for eye surgery near me?

Yes! Medical & Surgical Eye Associates is proud to accept insurance from providers across the Western Pennsylvania region in order to keep our care as accessible as possible. Visit our Insurance page to view our list of providers, and reach out to us with any questions you have about your coverage.

How can I get started with the best cornea surgeon near me?

At Medical & Surgical Eye Associates, we’ve made our appointment scheduling process as simple and user-friendly as possible. Just use our online scheduling tool to request an appointment at a time that works for you.