John D. Mitchell, MD | Emily Ash Morin, MD | Jacquelyn Weber, MD
130 Park Street SE, Suite 300 Vienna, Virginia 22180 / Phone:703-938-2266
8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 / Phone:301-656-2027
John D. Mitchell, MD
Emily Ash Morin, MD
Jacquelyn Weber, MD
130 Park Street SE, Suite 300
Vienna, Virginia 22180
8218 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite P-10
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Corneal Transplant Surgery
The cornea is the clear layer of tissue on the front of the eye that allows light to enter in order for the eye to see clearly. If the cornea is damaged or abnormal, it can become white, or even completely opaque, blocking out light and decreasing vision. Corneal eye disease comes in many forms including scars from prior eye infections, trauma or severe injury to the eye, or inherited conditions such as Fuch’s corneal dystrophy. There are multiple types of corneal transplantation that can be utilized to improve vision.
Healthy corneal donor tissue (from an organ donor) is rigorously screened and treated prior to being used for corneal transplant surgeries. Depending on the type of surgery, recovery and healing can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks up to one year. With adequate follow-up and eye drops after surgery, most patients that undergo corneal transplants have restored vision for up to 20 years or longer.
Corneal transplant surgery types include:
• Penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) - full-thickness corneal transplant
• Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) - partial thickness corneal transplant
• Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) – partial thickness corneal transplant
• Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) – Descemet’s membrane corneal transplant
Dr. Weber has sub-specialty fellowship training specifically in numerous types of corneal transplantation to help improve patients’ vision. She will perform a thorough in-office evaluation involving multiple tests and imaging devices to determine the appropriate treatment needed for you. All pre-op and post-operative visits are done with Dr. Weber, and may also include the help of contact lens specialists. Dr. Weber would be happy to discuss options for corneal transplant surgery with you.