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.
"Dr. Waite and his staff are absolutely amazing! Best experience I could have hoped for! I am seeing better than 20/20 after just a couple days now. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is thinking about getting LASIK. They were so caring and professional, and really walk you through things the entire way. They answered all my questions and concerns, and explained things thoroughly to where the nerves were calmed and was just total excitement to leave the glasses behind!! Thank you guys, super grateful!"- J.S. / Google / Feb 02, 2019
"I have had astigmatism and needed glasses for roughly twenty years. My experience here was wonderful, and Doctor Waite and his team were a pleasure to get to know. The procedure was quick, painless, and I can see better now without my glasses than I ever could with. I am extremely pleased. Well worth it. ??"- S.R. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"Very impressed with Dr. Waite and his staff. All were very professional and polite. They helped me go from seeing 20/100 to 20/15 with LASIK. Needless to say, I’m very pleased with my results."- E.B. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"I have had severe amblyopia in my left eye since childhood and came to Dr Waite to see if lasik in that eye could help. His office has more progressive technology for testing than any other eye doctor I have ever seen. The tests were also a lot more comfortable than anything I’ve had before. What I really appreciated about Dr Waite was his open and upfront evaluation. He told me of two patients that had remarkably improved vision to their amblyopia but also advised me that mine had a much higher risk of showing no improvement. I felt good about it and went ahead. What surprised me the most is that my good eye went from 20/15 to 20/10 vision in just one month. I didn’t expect surgery in one eye to help improve the other! My facial recognition improved remarkably as well, and color and light are so much brighter in the eye with ambliopia. I’m excited to see how things continue to improve over the next year! Add all of that to the spa-like, framily experience all of the staff creates; I wouldn’t go anywhere else. This is absolutely the place to go if you want a deep and meaningful experience."- A.W. / Google / Jan 29, 2019
"Impressive office and staff! From day one Dr. Waite’s staff was prompt in responding to my referral, friendly, and professional. My initial consultation and following cross linking procedure from Dr. Waite was done with compassion and the highest skill set I’ve experienced. After my procedure I was fully “pampered” with recovery tools and clear instructions. To top it Dr. Waite provided unmatched white glove treatment by checking in with me daily and then weekly post procedure. If Google allowed 10 stars I would give them!"- D.K. / Google / Jan 18, 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.