The cornea is the clear front layer of tissue that covers your eye's iris and pupil. It functions as a "window" to your eye, allowing light to pass through to your retina. If your cornea becomes damaged by injury, infection, or disease, some of this light may not be able to pass through properly and your vision may become impaired. Damage to your cornea can also result in considerable pain and discomfort.
Corneal transplant surgery can be performed to repair a damaged cornea, relieve pain, and restore proper vision. The best way to determine whether you need a corneal transplant is to speak with Dr. Chris Walton in person. Please call 251-341-3385 today to schedule a comprehensive corneal evaluation at our office in Mobile, Alabama.
When Is a Corneal Transplant Necessary?
A corneal transplant is recommended when your vision cannot be corrected by glasses and contact lenses, or when the pain associated with the damage to your cornea cannot be alleviated with medication.
The vast majority of corneal transplants performed by Dr. Walton are done to correct issues associated with Fuchs' dystrophy, a degenerative condition impacting the inner layer of your cornea. When left untreated, Fuchs' dystrophy results in a gradual deterioration in your vision.
Other conditions which may require correction by a corneal transplant include:
- Chemical burns of the cornea
- Eye injuries
- Corneal scarring, caused by infection or injury
- Swelling of the cornea
- Corneal ulcers
Your Corneal Transplant Procedure
During your corneal transplant surgery, Dr. Walton will replace your damaged cornea with healthy corneal tissue taken from a donor. Dr. Walton typically performs a partial thickness corneal transplant procedure. This specialized technique utilizes micro-incision surgery, allowing you to keep 95% of your own cornea.
The primary benefit of partial thickness corneal transplants is a shorter recovery. In fact, your recovery after partial thickness corneal transplant surgery is about 9 months faster than the recovery period for traditional corneal transplant procedures.
Why Choose Dr. Walton
Dr. Walton has completed specialized post-graduate fellowship training and is board certified in corneal transplant surgery, ensuring your procedure will be performed with the most advanced techniques and technology available. He is the only surgeon on the Gulf Coast to use the "no-touch" corneal transplant surgery technique, and he is one of only three surgeons on the Gulf Coast to perform partial thickness corneal transplant procedures such as DSAEK and DALK.
To find out whether corneal transplant surgery is right for you, please contact Dr. Chris Walton today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation. We serve patients in Mobile, Alabama, and the nearby Gulf Coast area.