Why you might need a cornea transplant

Cornea TransplantThere’s probably nothing more disconcerting than feeling like there’s something weird going on with your vision. Maybe things look oddly cloudy or distorted, or maybe you’re even having unusual eye pain. Anytime you feel like you’re not seeing things the way you normally do, you should come in and see us. You could have a problem with your corneas.

The clear front window of your eye can become foggy

Corneal clouding is often described as looking like fog or frost, and it blocks the passage of light to the back of your eye. This reduces and distorts your vision and can also be quite painful.

The corneas can malfunction for different reasons

You might have damaged your cornea due to a sports or work injury. You could also have cornea disease or an inherited condition that can cause your vision of be affected.

Here are some of the reasons you could need a cornea transplant:

  • Degenerative conditions
  • Damage
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Disease 

You could have keratoconus

This is a condition that causes the cornea to weaken, get thinner and change shape, and the exact cause is unknown. However, there may be a genetic link, and it’s more common in people with allergic conditions, such as asthma and eczema. Mild cases of keratoconus can usually be managed with contact lenses or glasses. But in some patients, the effect on your vision can be serious enough that you may need a cornea transplant.

A cornea transplant could correct your vision problems

If one or both of your corneas has become cloudy and doesn’t respond to treatment prescribed by your eye doctor, a transplant is the only way to restore your sight. Corneal transplants have been performed successfully for over 100 years, returning normal vision to millions of patients. And one of the types of procedures we offer could be right for you. 

The type of cornea transplant that you might need will depend on your unique problem. Make an appointment with Dr. Croley for a consultation and eye exam today: (352)237-8400 or toll-free (800)521-6028.

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