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Corneal Transplants & Scleral Lenses

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Were you diagnosed with an irregular cornea that is affecting your vision? Although it may sound scary, this condition is not rare and treatment is often effective to achieve clear eyesight. According to estimates, over 10 million people around the globe have corneal eye disease, many of whom will undergo a corneal transplant. Our Midland, TX, eye doctors explain:

What is a corneal transplant?

In brief, your eye surgeon will remove diseased or damaged tissue in order to replace it with a healthy corneal graft. Just like all organ transplants, tissues for the transplant come from an organ donor (through a local eye bank). This procedure can be done in a variety of ways, and it’s up to your eye surgeon to determine which method is best for your case. The amount of corneal tissue that must be removed is the main deciding factor.

What is the success rate of corneal transplants?

Here are a few interesting facts for you:

  • The first human corneal graft was performed way back in 1905.
  • Nowadays, over 100,000 corneal transplants are performed yearly worldwide.
  • The cornea is the most commonly transplanted tissue in the human body.

This info should give you some reassurance about the widespread success of this procedure!

woman corneal transplant midland txAccording to a 2017 article in the Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research, success rates are very high – about 90% survival of the transplant after one year, and 55% after 15 years.

Will I need eyeglasses or contact lenses after a corneal transplant?

Vision correction with contact lenses or glasses is often required after a corneal transplant. In general, rigid gas permeable (GP) contacts are most effective at addressing the large amounts of astigmatism that are common after a corneal procedure, and scleral GP lens designs are very effective for many of our Midland patients. Scleral contact lenses mask any corneal surface irregularities well, and wearers attest that they are very comfortable.

How do scleral lenses help?

Scleral lenses offer a number of benefits to people who had corneal transplants. For starters, they vault entirely over your cornea and rest on the whites of your eyes (called the sclera). So no contact is made with your sensitive and fragile cornea. Also, due to their shape, they create a pocket of fluid between the lens and your eye’s surface. This buffer zone of tears can help protect your corneal tissue from any damage, as well as form a smooth surface for clear vision.

Did you have a corneal transplant? Ask our Midland eye doctors about scleral lenses for ultra-comfortable and crisp vision following the procedure.

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The pandemic of coronavirus (COVID 19) continues to spread endangering many of us who call Midland/Odessa home. While the number of cases in Texas is growing rapidly, so far there are few cases in our area. At Vision Health Specialties it is our goal to keep it that way.

Because eye care by necessity requires close contact between workers and patients, the Center for Disease Control along with other eye care specialty organizations recommend that during this critical period eye doctors suspend routine vision examinations. In complying with this, Vision Health Specialties will terminate routine eye care beginning Monday, March 23‎rd until Monday, April 20th. We will be open from 9:00 till 4:00 PM during this period of time with a small staff to handle urgencies such as red eyes, corneal ulcers, uveitis, abrasions, sudden increases in floaters, or flashes, and foreign bodies in the eye. Please call our office before coming in. Furthermore, those who have traveled to China, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Iran, or the state of Washington, California, New York, Louisiana and/or other affected areas, as well as those who have respiratory disease, and/or fever, will be referred to the emergency department of Midland Memorial Hospital where they are equipped to handle those at risk of coronavirus.