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Corneal Edema

View VSwelling of the cornea is caused by certain genetic eye diseases (e.g. Fuchs' Dystrophy), previous eye surgery or trauma. The vision gradually becomes cloudy, usually worse in the morning. In advanced stages, moderate to severe pain can develop from blisters that form on the surface of the cornea. Dr. Gailitis is a Fellowship-Trained corneal specialist and can help you with treatment options.

Treatment Options:

  1. DSAEK (Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty).In this outpatient procedure, a small disk-shaped piece of tissue containing endothelial cells from the back surface of the cornea is transplanted from a donor's eye to the host cornea. These cells are responsible for keeping the cornea clear. The advantage of DSAEK over a corneal transplant is a less invasive procedure and a faster recovery. Vision generally recovers over 3 to 4 months. Click here to learn more.
  2. Corneal Transplant. This option works best if corneal swelling is associated with scarring or irregularity. Although performed as an outpatient procedure, it is more invasive and has a 6 to 12-month vision recovery. Click here to learn more.

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