About Corneal Transplants
At Waite Vision in Lehi, UT, we perform full and partial-thickness cornea transplants on patients suffering from corneal disease or damage to the cornea. After surgically removing the diseased or damaged portion of the cornea, our board-certified eye surgeon and founder, Dr. Aaron Waite, replaces it with a matching donor cornea. Our team utilizes world-class, highly advanced technology to provide full and partial-thickness cornea transplants successfully on dozens of patients each year.
Corneal transplants typically restore or significantly improve an individual's sight. You may be an excellent candidate if you have Fuch’s dystrophy, keratoconus, a thinning cornea, corneal scarring, clouding, or swelling. Before any procedure is recommended, you will receive a complete eye exam and diagnosis to help you make an informed decision about your care.
DALK and PKP
Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) is a great corneal replacement option when the inner layers of the cornea are healthy, but the outer portions are not. Common conditions that could lead to the need for this procedure are keratoconus and corneal scars. In DALK, the inner corneal layer (the endothelium) is left intact and all other layers of the cornea are removed.
Reserved for more severe cases, full-thickness corneal transplants, called Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) involve the removal of a larger section of tissue from the diseased or injured cornea. Donor tissue is then positioned and sutured in to replace the original cornea.
"There isn't a better office to go get your eyes checked! The office is beautiful! Marble stone and crystalline light fixtures and accents. The waiting room looks over the valley, it's an absolutely stunning view! It is very comfortable, will put you at ease! The whole staff is wonderful. Very informative. Listens to questions and hears out concerns. They have every machine imaginable, high quality pieces. I never felt in pain like with some experiences I've had in the past. The odd thing though is all the different rooms you go to for each machine. It's like an assembly line. I was taken to like 4 different rooms in one visit. Kinda cool, loads of pace but I just chuckled at how many places I got up to go to. It's not detrimental, just funny. But here's the real kicker, I didn't realize how little my insurance would cover my visits and they discounted my visit because they thought my insurance was crazy. I didn't even ask, they just did it and told me I was gonna get a new bill! Go to Waite vision, your eyes will and peace of mind will thank you! Thanks Waite vision!"- M.S. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2019
"I am 25 years old, and I was born with cataracts. My entire life I've had trouble seeing things the same as others, especially when doing things outside. I always had to wear dark sunglasses, and even then, my vision was extremely impaired. It was beginning to be a handicap to me, so I was recommended to Dr. Waite by my optometrist. The first day we walked into the office, I was incredibly impressed. The facility is incredible. It's clean and professional and instantly gave me some peace of mind. Dr. Waite is a very nice guy, and he seems extremely knowledgable and confident in his profession. He recommended I have cataract surgery on my worst eye first to replace my old lens with a multifocal lens. After much consideration, I decided to go through with it.It's now the day after my surgery, and I cannot believe HOW WELL I CAN SEE! My experience with Dr. Waite was great, and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking help with cataracts. The surgery was painless, and I haven't had any pain afterward either. I'm grateful to Dr. Waite and his staff for making my experience comfortable and for ultimately improving my vision ten fold!"- H.D. / Google / Mar 29, 2019
"I had the honor of being seen at Waite Vision just the other day. I must say that I am highly impressed! What a stunning, classy, beautiful facility. Also, Dr. Waite and his staff are amazing! I felt so comfortable. And, all of my questions were answered. This is truly a state of the art entity! I was told that their surgical procedures are preformed on site. The surgical room is incredible. Everything is! A feast for the eyes! How fitting!!!"- J.H. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"Dr Waite was able to diagnose and fix my mom's eyes at the first office visit. He was also able to remove a cataract and give me 20/20 vision again. The office is beautiful and well equipped. The staff is very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend Waite Vision."- A.L. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"I have nothing but great things to say about Waite vision. I was referred here in an emergency situation and the staff was always friendly and welcoming. From my initial visit to now I had PRK performed by Dr. Waite. During the recovery from the surgery the office has been available as a simple text message away; I am excited to share my vision is better than ever! I have loved every minute of my interactions with this office and would recommend Waite vision to anyone."- N.K. / Google / Mar 21, 2019
If you are a candidate for a cornea transplant, we would like to help you prepare for a surgery that will significantly improve your vision. You may have experienced:
- Fuchs' dystrophy
- Penetrating keratoplasty
- Scarring of the cornea
- Chronic fluid buildup within the cornea
- Cloudy vision
To find out if you qualify for a corneal transplant, we encourage you to schedule a thorough assessment at Waite Vision.
On the day of your outpatient surgery, the cornea transplant will involve the replacement of the center part of the cornea, or the button, with a donor cornea under anesthesia. Your affected eye will be held open with a speculum, and Dr. Waite will surgically remove the cornea. Carefully, Dr. Waite will remove the diseased tissue and replace it with a matching donor cornea. Sutures will be used to connect the donor tissue to your natural eye to hold the new cornea in place as the eye heals. A bandage will be placed over the eye for your protection.
What to Expect
Our team will show you how to care for your eye after the procedure. If both eyes require cornea transplants, it may be up to a year or longer before the second cornea transplant can be scheduled. It is very important to follow all your aftercare instructions from and attend all follow-up appointments at Waite Vision so your recovery can be closely monitored.
Our support staff will work together with your insurance provider to determine whether a portion of your corneal transplant will be covered. We will then discuss your out-of-pocket costs with you, before scheduling your surgery.
It is important to remember that the benefits of clearer vision far outweigh any initial investment. Our facility accepts a number of payment methods and can help you arrange payment plans and offer information about medical financing options upon request.
Better View, Better Life
At Waite Vision in Lehi, UT, we’re dedicated to using the world’s most advanced technology in combination with our vast experience to help you see and enjoy life more clearly. To set up an appointment or ask any questions, please contact us today. If you are seeking a cornea transplant in northern Utah, Dr. Aaron Waite can help put you on the road to better sight.