Corneal Transplant Surgery in El Paso
Finding yourself in need of a corneal transplant can seem intimidating, but having an experienced and reliable team can put your mind at ease. At the practice of Dr. Daniel G. Blumenfeld, M.D., we can perform expert corneal transplants to restore your vision and protect your quality of life.
Our team puts our decades of experience to work for you in evaluating your situation and providing the precise treatment you need. Pairing our expertise with a modern approach helps us deliver care that is safe, dependable, and effective. Whether you’re ready to schedule your treatment or are simply looking for more information, you’ll be in good hands with our friendly and dedicated team.
Contact our El Paso ophthalmologist to learn more and schedule your consultation today.
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Do I Really Need a Corneal Transplant?
If your sight has diminished substantially or completely and corrective lenses aren’t enough to help, it’s likely time to consider a corneal transplant.
Determining whether you need surgical treatment is always the first step. Corneal transplants (also called keratoplasty) are an effective modern treatment for those with corneal disease. These diseases cause severe visual impairment, including clouding, distortion, and scarring of the eye.
Eventually, the vision deteriorates into complete blindness. Replacing the cornea eliminates these issues and provides renewed vision and clarity.
We start with a thorough examination of your eyesight to evaluate how much your vision is affected. We consider various important factors, including:
- How well you can function
- Whether the condition is causing you pain
- Your current health and medical history
Once we have all of this information in hand, we can discuss with you whether it’s the right time for a corneal transplant. Dr. Blumenfeld takes your unique situation into account before making a recommendation and never tries to push you into treatment.
If you can still comfortably wear contact lenses, we’ll continue to monitor your situation and reevaluate as things change. Likewise, if you feel you just aren’t ready for a transplant, our team responds with patience and understanding. You can trust us to always move at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
Why Choose Dr. Daniel G. Blumenfeld for Corneal Transplant Surgery?
Skill and expertise are only part of what makes treatment a positive and worthwhile experience for you. Everyone at our El Paso eye care center knows that being able to trust in your team is an essential part of your care. We take the time to get to know you, answer your questions, and alleviate your concerns. Dr. Blumenfeld will walk you through every step of the process and ensure you feel comfortable before proceeding with anything.
When it comes to advanced treatments like a corneal transplant, the experience of the team matters immensely. We’ve helped countless El Paso residents regain their vision with successful corneal transplantation. Our team knows how to tailor treatment to account for your unique situation and take steps to provide effective, high-level treatment, no matter your current condition.
The Corneal Transplant Process
Once we’ve assessed your situation and you’ve decided to receive a corneal transplant, we’ll walk you through each step of the process, so you always know what’s next. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect during your treatment.
Preparation: Your surgery will be scheduled once a donor cornea is found. Unlike most other transplant surgeries, this process is usually not a long wait. The preparation phase is where we will assess your medical history and medications to minimize risk factors. We’ll also address any other eye health conditions, such as infection or inflammation, that could impact your treatment’s success.
The Procedure: Before your procedure begins, you’ll receive a sedative to help you relax. Your eye will also receive a local anesthetic so that you won’t feel any of the treatment. The damaged cornea is expertly removed using specialized tools for the highest level of precision. The new cornea is set carefully into place and attached with very fine stitches, removed later once the eye has healed.
Aftercare: After your treatment, it is essential to take excellent care of your eye to create the highest chance of success. You’ll receive specialized medication such as eye drops and oral medication to reduce the risk of infection. You may be asked to wear an eye patch to protect the eye while it heals. Dr. Blumenfeld will instruct you on resting and how to gradually return to normal activities. Frequent visits will be needed so that we can ensure your eye is healing and deal with any issues quickly.
Restoring Vision in El Paso
At the practice of Daniel G. Blumenfeld, MD, you’ll find a dedicated and capable team ready to help you with all of your vision needs. Whether you’re ready for a corneal transplant or you’re just looking for ways to improve your sight, we’re committed to helping your vision and enjoy a better quality of life. Contact our El Paso eye care team today to get started!
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