About Cornea Transplants
Not everyone’s corneas stay perfectly clear their entire lives. If something occurs that requires corneal treatment, Vold Vision in Northwest Arkansas is your source for careful and compassionate care. Dr. Steven Vold is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a specialist in the management of corneal disease as well as cataract and glaucoma. Dr. Vold can apply the best in available technology to bring you the best possible result whether your corneal disease is mild or severe, common or very rare.
"I have been dealing with Glaucoma for the past 25 years. I was put under the care of Dr. Laura Voicu at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. She treated me for 18 months and performed Trabeculectomy surgeries on both eyes. Both surgeries were very successful. Dr. Voicuis a very compassionate, knowledgeable, and caring Physician and Surgeon. She is very thorough and carefully explains all aspects of your care. Of the numerous Doctors that have treated my Glaucoma she stands above the rest.Outstanding. I highly recommend Dr. Voicu for the treatment of Glaucoma."- T.D. / Google / Oct 30, 2017
"My husband got lasik with Vold almost a year ago and has zero complaints. He loves it so much! The procedure was quick and easy. The recovery time was so short too. Everyone in the entire clinic was so friendly and knowledgeable. He says it’s one of the best things he’s ever done."- D.M. / Facebook / Sep 21, 2020
"My husband got lasik with Vold almost a year ago and has zero complaints. He loves it so much! The procedure was quick and easy. The recovery time was so short too. Everyone in the entire clinic was so friendly and knowledgeable. He says it’s one of the best things he’s ever done."- D.D. / Google / Sep 21, 2020
"I’m so happy with my SMILE procedure. The procedure was fast, painless and the results for me were instant. Less than 24hours later, I can see 20/20. I had a very high Prescription. Now I don’t have to worry about glasses or contacts. If you want LASIK, SMILE, or LASEK, go to Vold Vision. It’s the best investment I have ever made."- I.Y. / Google / Sep 18, 2020
"I had PRK Lasek done 3 weeks ago at Vold! Everyone has been super nice and friendly from the beginning. Dr. Mcfarland answered all my questions at my consultation and did an excellent job at explaining the process. It helped that he had PRK done as well. Christine was super helpful with the financial piece and was such a sweet resource for me. During my operation, I was super nervous and freaked out. I tend to make things seem much worse than they really are. Karen helped calm me down, made me laugh and was my cheerleader the entire procedure. Dr. Vold was so kind and talked me all the way through it. The procedure was super quick and painless. My recovery wasn’t quick but was gradual. I didn’t have any pain; however, there was some discomfort and light sensitivity in the first 3-5 days. I had headaches the first week after but after that it was much better. Use your prescribed eye drops, get plenty of rest... I took lots of naps the first couple of weeks... and put those preservative free eye drops in the fridge. You’ll thank me later! At my second post op appointment, I was having some haziness on my right eye. Dr. McFarland gave me some Lotemax ointment to put in my eyes at night before bed. That helped tremendously. By my 3rd post op appointment, my right eye had cleared up and had improved to 20/25 vision. My left eye had been 20/20 since the second appointment. PRK has a longer recovery but I feel like it has been worth it! Highly recommend Vold Vision for your eye needs."- C.M. / Google / Sep 12, 2020
Corneal transplants typically restore or significantly improve your sight. You may be an excellent candidate if you have Fuch’s dystrophy, keratoconus, a thinning cornea, corneal scarring, clouding, or swelling. Before any procedure, you will first receive a complete eye exam. You will also receive specific instructions about how to best prepare for your individual procedure.
Depending on what’s happening with your cornea, Dr. Vold will carefully determine the most effective technique to restore your vision. Procedures broadly fall into two main categories, full (PKP), or partial thickness (DALK, DSAEK, or DMEK).
Decemets Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) is a proven technique developed to bring back and restore the clarity of the cornea when swelling, edema, or inflammation have led to a loss of clear vision. With DSAEK, Dr. Vold can perform a partial cornea replacement surgery, resulting in much quicker recovery times than with full-thickness, more traditional techniques.
Vold Vision also offers the Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), which is the thinnest and most recent cornea transplant available. While DMEK is similar to DSAEK, the cornea tissue transplanted is very thin, being only about 10 microns thick, or 1/100th of a millimeter. By incorporating the thinnest tissue possible, DMEK leads to a faster recovery, a decreased risk of rejection, and a greater chance of attaining 20/20 vision.
Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK), a full-thickness cornea transplant, is performed by the experienced eye surgeons at Vold Vision. In some cases, PK has been supplanted by partial thickness transplants, due to reduced scarring and recovery times. For example, Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) is a partial-thickness transplant that replaces the stroma, or the outer layers of the cornea, leaving the inner layers intact.
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Reconstruction of the ocular surface may be required in cases of severe dry eye or ocular surface disease, or in certain corneal dystrophies such as map dot fingerprint dystrophy. Painful erosions or a chronic non-healing eye surface may be improved and ultimately repaired by resurfacing and planting a protective contact lens or healing amniotic membrane onto the eye surface.
Plan Your Procedure
Your Clear Choice
If you have corneal issues, now is the time to take that first step to clearer eyesight. At Vold Vision, our team of friendly and patient professionals, led by Dr. Vold will bring all their experience and technology to bear to accurately diagnose and successfully treat your condition so you can reclaim the best possible vision. Contact one of our convenient locations today to schedule an initial consultation.