At the Corneal Center at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons, our surgeons and staff offer the most technologically and surgically advanced care, delivered with kindness and compassion. Nationally recognized as leaders in corneal health and innovation, we have been selected by the National Institute of Health and other organizations to participate in studies to advance and improve corneal treatments and surgeries. We are delighted to share our expertise with you.
The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. It helps shield the eye from bacteria and harmful matter and also controls and focuses the entry of light into the eye. Healthy corneas are transparent so that they can transmit and bend light rays onto the retina, in the back of the eye. However, if the cornea becomes scarred or distorted due to injury or disease, the light rays entering the eye will be distorted as well, leading to significantly impaired vision. Conditions such as keratoconus and Fuch’s Dystrophy, among others, are leading causes of corneal damage.
A corneal transplant involves replacing a diseased or scarred cornea with a new one. It is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 45 minutes to perform. An instrument called a trephine is used to remove the center part of the cloudy cornea. The donated clear cornea is placed in the opening and the surgeon sews it into place using a fine thread. The stitches stay in for months or even years until the eye heals properly. The patient also uses eye drops to prevent rejection of the transplant. Traditional corneal transplants are most often indicated for patients suffering with keratoconus.
DSAEK & DMEK
Both Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) are less invasive versions of the traditional corneal transplant. Dr. Lohman and Dr. Jones were among the first surgeons in our area to perform DSAEK, and Dr. Jones is one of the few corneal surgeons to routinely use DMEK as a treatment option. DSAEK and DMEK surgeries resemble conventional corneal transplant surgery in that both require the use of a donor cornea. However, during DSAEK surgery, instead of replacing the entire damaged cornea, the surgeon replaces only the damaged posterior section of the cornea. Because the donor tissue size is smaller, it requires less suturing than a traditional cornea transplant. This results in more rapid vision recovery, less discomfort, and reduces transplant complications.
During DMEK surgery, the surgeon removes only a single layer of damaged tissue and replaces it with a thin disc of healthy tissue. Instead of suturing this microscopic layer of cells in place, an air bubble is used to position it. This incredibly delicate surgery has led to even more rapid visual improvement for patients, with better results, than ever before.
Our caring, committed doctors and staff at Eye Surgeons will be happy to discuss which corneal procedure is best for you.
4277 Allen Rd
Stow, Ohio 44224 Call Us: (330) 928-0201 Toll Free: (800) 548-1729 Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday 8:30 to Noon with evening and early morning appointments available upon request.
2013 State Rt. 59
Kent, Ohio 44240 Call Us: (330) 678-0201 Toll Free: (800) 548-1729 Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm with early morning and evening appointments available upon request.