Corneal Transplant

If the cornea becomes cloudy as a result of corneal disease, the only way to restore sight is to replace or transplant the cornea. Corneal transplantation (keratoplasty) is the most successful of all tissue transplants. An estimated 20,000 corneal transplants are performed each year in the United States.

Corneal tissue for transplant comes from an eye bank. Due to advances in Eye Banking technology, donor tissue is usually readily available when a patient requires a transplant. The cornea is tested thoroughly to make sure it is safe for transplantation.

Dr. Vold is among an elite group of eye surgeons in the country pioneering the landmark use of Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) cornea transplant surgery. He is one of very few surgeons in Arkansas  offering this technology, and has recently begun implementing a successful sutureless DSEK surgical technique. This surgical approach provides much more rapid visual recovery than standard corneal transplant surgery, and a much improved patient safety profile. This procedure is rapidly becoming the standard of care for corneal endothelial disease. Vold Vision feels privileged to be able to offer this breakthrough surgical technique to the patients of Northwest Arkansas. Full-thickness corneal transplants are the most commonly performed tissue transplants in the world, with approximately 48,000 procedures performed in the U.S. every year. The surgery restores eyesight for people who have a damaged cornea from injury, infection or inherited corneal disease. During the transplant procedure, the patient’s damaged cornea is surgically removed and replaced with healthy donor tissue. It is considered a vision-saving surgery and performed when treatment with medication has failed.

If you would like more information about this procedure you can contact the office for additional information.