The cornea is the transparent front part of the eye covering the iris and the pupil. When disease or an injury have damaged the cornea, functional vision can be impaired and it may be necessary to replace it with a graft of healthy tissue.
A corneal transplant, including DSEK, is performed in order to restore transparency to a damaged cornea. DSEK is a relatively new form of corneal transplantation. The specific type of corneal disease is determined and the best surgical option can then be recommended.
Each week, The South Carolina Eye Bank receives many requests for corneas for transplantation.
Thanks to the generosity of organ donors, tens of thousands of corneal transplant recipients are restored to good functional vision each year. If you signed up to become an organ donor when you renewed your driver’s license, THANK YOU. You have the power to donate the gift of sight!