DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty) + PKP (Penetrating Keratoplasty) – Salt Lake City, Utah*

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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.


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.

Ideal Candidates

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:

  • Keratoconus
  • 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.

Procedure Technique

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.

Procedure Cost

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.

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