The outer clear window focusing the entry of light into the eye is called the cornea. The cornea protects the eye from environmental material and filters some of the sun’s most damaging ultraviolet rays.
In order to function properly and provide the best vision, the cornea must remain healthy and clear. When the cornea is damaged either by infection, injury or hereditary conditions, it may become swollen or scarred. These scars may cause the cornea to scatter or distort light, resulting in reduced vision, sometimes to the point of blindness.
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.