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.
"In January I found out i had cataracts, & they made my vision pretty bad. Everything was blurry, even wearing my glasses didn’t help. In February I went into Waite vision for a consultation & had both my eyes checked. I was able to have cataract surgery on both my eyes. It has made a tremendous difference in how I can see. My vision is better now, than it ever has been. The staff & Dr Waite are so personable, & treat you like family. Dr Waite explained the whole process of my cataract surgery, while he was doing it. He made me feel comfortable during the whole procedure. I would highly recommend going to Waite vision."- I.S. / Google / Apr 20, 2019
"Went to Dr. Waite for kerataconus, his staff is extremely friendly and its not the typical dull office feeling you get when visiting a doctor. I had epi-off cross linking done on both eyes, the procedure itself is completely painless and recovery although painful is manageable. My vision was back to usable within a week and back to how it was prior to the procedure within a month. If you are considering getting cross linking done or have been recently diagnosed with kerataconus I would highly recommend Waite Vision."- K.W. / Google / Apr 18, 2019
"My vision was not well enough to read without wearing a pair of reading glasses. I had my vision screened for lasik correction and was not a candidate. Two years later, I had a vision screening at Waite Vision and learned that my vision could be improved with a refractive lens exchange (RLE) surgery. I had my vision corrected and now I am able to see without ever putting on a pair of reading glasses! I received incredible care by Dr. Waite and his staff. I am so grateful to Dr. Waite to be able to see clearly. My results are better than I expected. I rate Dr. Waite five star for his skill, knowledge, and great professionalism."- K.M. / Google / Apr 15, 2019
"I absolutely love love love! Waite Vision and I am so happy I decided to go see Dr. Waite. When I decided to go get laser correction they had told me I was not a candidate where I had previously gone, but then I heard of Waite vision and decided to go give it a try and I do not regret it one bit! Dr. Waite took care of me vision and now I am seeing better than I hoped, I highly recommend Waite vision to anyone!"- A.A. / Google / Apr 12, 2019
"Spectacular!I am so pleased with the results of my recent surgery. No more multiple back-up readers, wondering where I set them down, etc. etc.My biggest problem was remembering I didn't need to put my readers on (or find them) when I sat down at a computer or picked up my phone or q book! I can order dinner at a restaurant once again, without dredging the readers out, which I could not do at most places before.Dr. Waite and his staff are professional and courteous but beyond that knowledgeable and highly skilled. This is an amazing procedure I would highly recommend through Waite Vision."- C.S. / Google / Apr 11, 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.