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 is THE BEST!!!!! My vision is fantastic and I could not be happier!!!?????? He is so professional, and you can tell he's a perfectionist, he tested and verified again and again until he and I were both satisfied he had the the best plan for me!!! The office staff is warm and friendly, they spoiled me and made me feel so welcome and comfortable!!! The office is immaculate, fantastic, and be-autiful!!!! Oh, and the follow-up is great, I felt, and feel like they really care about me, my experience, and whether I am happy with the results or not! I recommend Waite Vision to anyone and everyone!!!!????"- J.P. / Google / Dec 08, 2018
"If your top priority in choosing where to go for vision correction surgery is quality of care, Dr. Waite unequivocally provides the highest standard of care. Not only is he a top-notch surgeon to whom other surgeons refer, he and his staff are all conscientious, kind, and committed to provided an outstanding personalized patient experience. And if you've been told you're not a candidate, he won't just send you away and call "next" - he'll spend time considering all your options and explaining the factors involved so that you feel your needs matter. I just had my first experience traveling contact lens and glasses free since my refractive lens exchange, and it was so freeing! Why are we all spending so much money and effort fussing with crutches and bandaids when it's so easy to fix the problem? And if you're going to have vision correction surgery, you want the best, this is not something you want to shop for discounts on. Thank you Waite Vision for setting the bar of patient care so high!"- S.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2018
"BEST DECISION I’VE EVER MADE! I have been thinking about getting lasik done forever and right when they opened up by me I ran in for a consultation and have never been so excited! I scheduled my appt and threw all my contacts away! I suggest this to anyone who has contacts! It’s life changing and best decision!"- M.A. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"Working with Dr. Waite and his staff was a wonderful experience start to finish! A highly professional office and a pleasant life changing experience! I am thrilled with my new perfect vision!"- C.J. / Google / Dec 04, 2018
"I did my research for an entire year before choosing Waite Vision. While they make vision correction extremely affordable, they do not provide cheap LASIK here, nor do they offer free consults. Some may not like it, but that was very a reassuring thing to me. Even my mechanic charges for a diagnostic. My advice, if you want to take it, is to do your research. You wouldn't "Groupon" your brain surgery, just like you wouldn't buy that 20% OFF parachute. Don't seek out a freebie and cut corners when it comes to your precious eyes.As for the experience, I felt confident and in control the entire time. The staff played my favorite soundtrack in the background. I've got to say, putting on contacts feels infinitely more invasive to me. I'm serious. I just can't do it. My wife always gives me a hard time because I need to blink and can't seem to relax my eyes. And yet, incredibly enough, Dr. Waite was able to keep me calm and relaxed during the procedure, which by the way, wasn't painful. Full disclosure, you can certainly tell your eyes are being worked on, but aside from feeling like you have a tiny eyelash in your eyes during the procedure, the entire process was fast and painless. In less than 20 minutes, I received the gift of visual freedom. If you could see what I see, you wouldn’t think twice about it, I promise you. I was able to see clearly that very same night, and even walked my dog out for half an hour. I could finally notice the small details on something I would've taken for granted with my glasses before, the leaves on the trees. It was mind-blowing. I'm sitting at 20/15, I have better than normal vision now. I can only describe it as superhero-like vision.I can attest that Dr. Waite is not only a published author and innovator in his industry, but he is also a compassionate, world-class eye surgeon who empathizes with his patients. Many other doctors are simply unable to connect with you at a personal level due to the way they've designed their practice or the number of people they are trying to get through the door. That is not the case with Waite Vision. When they say you'll feel like a VIP, they mean it. The place feels like a luxurious Spa in the setting of a high-touch environment. But at the end of the day, not even the fanciest of settings is complete without a solid team. Dr. Waite and his team are by far the nicest, most professional people you will ever meet as far as vision correction goes. I wholeheartedly recommend Waite Vision to anyone who is entertaining the idea of having better-than-ever vision, not only for LASIK but for the full spectrum of vision correction. I certainly can't wait to bring my Dad in from Ecuador to help him get rid of his readers forever!By the way, this photo was taken just 5 minutes after the procedure!"- F.L. / Google / Nov 29, 2018
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.