INCREASED SAFETY AND FASTER RECOVERY WITH ADVANCED FEMTOSECOND LASER TECHNOLOGY
LASER CORNEAL TRANSPLANT
Dr. Fox can design a precise outline on your cornea which is then matched by the eye bank so that your donor cornea will match your eye precisely. As a result, the return of vision is accelerated
Laser Corneal Transplant
A Medical procedure with tradition
The art and science of corneal transplantation dates back approximately 150 years, but the era of modern keratoplasty can be traced to pioneer surgeons of the nineteenth century. The most significant contributions to the field were recorded in 1952 when Dr. Stocker first reported successful corneal transplantation for the treatment of irreversible corneal edema. The early success was due in large part to the development of adjunct drugs and the perfection of fine surgical instruments and sutures.
Once a medical rarity, corneal transplantation today is an accepted and reliable surgical modality for the rehabilitation of vision that has been compromised by corneal disease. It is estimated that over twenty thousand such procedures are performed annually in the United States alone.
Who is it for?
The increasing longevity of our population accounts for some of the increases in the number of these procedures due in part to the gradual loss of corneal clarity that can occur through the aging process. Many of the procedures are performed to correct corneal edema associated with commonly performed operative procedures such as cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation.
The major indication for corneal transplantation surgery is to restore optical clarity. Among the conditions requiring such intervention are: corneal irregularity such as seen in scarring, corneal opacification as an aftermath of infectious disease, or corneal contour abnormalities such as those seen with acquired thinning in a condition called Keratoconus.
In corneal transplant surgery, a diseased cornea is replaced with healthy tissue supplied by an eye bank. Prospective donor tissue is processed by the eye bank and checked for viability and health. Careful attention is directed to the screening of donors to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
The art and science of corneal transplantation leaped light years forward with the introduction of Femtosecond laser technology.
The Femtosecond evolution
Dr. Fox is one of the only corneal surgeons in the metropolitan area offering Femtosecond laser corneal transplantation for those in need of corneal transplant surgery.
With manual corneal transplant techniques of the past the surgeon would make use of steel trephine blades and corneal punches to fashion the corneal donor tissue for transplantation. Inevitably such manual techniques would create a donor cornea that only approximated the intended shape on the patient’s cornea. This resulted in common problems including prolonged visual recovery, wound instability and lengthy periods of discomfort and disability and high levels of irregular astigmatism. With the advent of Femtosecond laser technology these concerns are now a thing of the past.
Femtosecond technology has resulted in perhaps the greatest advance in the science and art of corneal transplantation since its inception. With this laser, Dr. Fox can design a precise outline on your cornea which is then matched by the eye bank so that your donor cornea will match your eye precisely. As a result, the return of vision is accelerated with many patients seeing well within six weeks of surgery. Over 75% of patients treated in this manner over the last two years achieved 20/40 (driving vision and 25% were correctable to 20/25 or better.
Surgery and Questions
Dr. Fox performs the surgery at the Clarity Refractive Center in West Orange, New Jersey. After the laser portion of your surgery has been completed, you will be transferred to an outpatient operating room setting in the same building where your surgery will be performed under sedation with local anesthetic.
If you have questions concerning corneal transplant surgery or need further information on the treatment of corneal diseases, feel free to contact our offices by phone, email, or fill out our contact form..