The Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute is an Authorized FDA Study Center for vision correction technology.
The cornea is the front most surface of the eye. It is a dome shaped clear structure which plays an important role in focusing light onto the retina. If the cornea becomes swollen, cloudy or irregular in shape, vision becomes impaired. This can occur in the setting of many different conditions such as Fuch’s Dystrophy, Keratoconus, infections, or trauma.
Customized Corneal Transplantation
At Maloney-Shamie Vision Institute, we offer the most customized approach to corneal transplantation. Our corneal expert, Dr. Neda Shamie, assesses the underlying condition, evaluates exactly what layer of the cornea is affected and contributing to the visual deterioration, and creates a customized treatment plan to suit the patient’s visual needs. She offers the least invasive treatment possible, which in turn leads to a more rapid visual recovery, a safer surgery, and longer-lasting, excellent outcomes. If the disease impacts only one layer of the cornea, she replaces only that layer and leaves the healthy layers untouched and intact. In approaching corneal disease in this meticulous and targeted approach, the risk of rejection is nearly eliminated allowing the patient to hold on to the transplant for many years to come if not for an entire lifetime. .
What is Corneal Transplantation?
Types of Cornea Transplants
- DMEK (Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratosplasty)
- DSEK (Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty)
- DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty)
- FLEK (Femtosecond Laser Enabled Keratoplasty)
- PKP (Penetrating Keratoplasty)
If the entire thickness of the cornea is unhealthy or injured, a full thickness corneal transplant called a Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) will be required. During the PKP procedure, a circle of corneal tissue is removed and replaced with the donor tissue. This new corneal tissue will be secured into place with microscopic stitched for a comfortable and smooth healing process.