Cornea Eye Surgery
Cohen Laser and Vision Center in Boca Raton offers cornea eye surgery to residents of Boca, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Procedure is performed by expert eye surgeon G. Richard Cohen, MD.
Dr. G. Richard Cohen is a board-certified cornea specialist and is consistently rated as one of the top corneal surgeons in the country. At the CLVC Cornea Center, Dr. Cohen offers his patients highly customized, state-of-the-art treatments of the most popular vision conditions such as Pterygium and Keratoconus, issues that create the vision problems for many Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and other South Florida residents. Pterygium ( also known as ‘Surfer’s Eye’ ) is a condition if left untreated, can negatively affect vision as it grows across the cornea, potentially blocking the optical center of the cornea. If you are suffering from heightened sensitivity to light, difficultly driving at nighttime, seeing halos around lights, ghosting and excessive eye strain and irritation, you may be suffering from Keratoconus. Dr. Cohen has successfully treated thousands of people in South Florida who suffered from Pterygium and Kerotoconus and is the doctor of choice for those patients who need cornea surgery. If these issues are affecting your vision, call us today for an eye exam at (561) 981-8400.
A pterygium is a fleshy, red benign growth of the cornea. It is usually caused by UV light, wind and sun exposure and is most common in Florida, California, Texas and areas near the equator. Preventive measures include sunglasses with uv protection, hats and avoiding the sun between 10 am to 3 pm. Treatment in mild cases includes artificial tears and sometimes steroid drops for the inflammation and redness.
If the pterygium causes chronic redness and irritation or shows growth over the eye, then surgery is needed Pterygium surgery is a 45 minute outpatient procedure usually performed by an ophthalmologist who specializes in cornea surgery. After surgery care would involve sunglasses and 2-3 months of steroid eye drops. The recurrence rate varies from 1-50%. To learn more about Pterygium surgery, contact our Boca Raton eye care center at 561.981.8400 to schedule an appointment.
DSEK - Descemets Stripping Endothelium Keratoplasty, is a partial thickness cornea transplant for patients with cornea edema due to Fuch's Dystrophy or following cataract surgery. During the surgery, Dr. Cohen removes the back portion of the patients' cornea and transplants donor endothelial cells to the patient's cornea. The surgery is safer, heals faster and provides better vision than a full- thickness cornea transplant. After the surgery, the patients use antibiotic and steroid drops.
PARTIAL THICKNESS CORNEA TRANSPLANT (Lamellar keratoplasty) involves removal of the top 50-75% of the patient’s cornea and replacing it with the appropriate sized donor cornea to either thicken a very thin cornea or remove a scar. This procedure is done at a surgery center and carries a risk of rejection and infection.
FULL THICKNESS CORNEA TRANSPLANT (Penetrating Keratoplasty) is the more common type of cornea transplant performed. This is usually used as a “last resort” in those patients, whose cornea is so thin, bulging so much or so scarred that no other treatment will work. In a cornea transplant most of the patients cornea is removed and a donor cornea is sutured in place using 16 - 24 sutures. After surgery the patient will use steroid eye drops to prevent a rejection. This surgery is also performed in an outpatient surgery center. If you are seeking further information on keratoconus eye disease or to schedule an appointment, please call our cornea specialist at 561.981.8400.