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Corneal Transplantation
Dr. Matthew Kruger, MD - Denver

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Corneal transplantations are life-changing procedures. They are a personal favorite of Dr. Kruger’s because of how drastically he can improve someone’s life with the aid of the latest technology and years of training.

Dr. Kruger is a fellowship-trained corneal surgeon specializing in partial and full thickness corneal transplantation. He has published new and innovative corneal transplantation techniques to help ensure excellent results.

Common Questions about Corneal Transplantation

What is the cornea?

The cornea is the dome-shaped, transparent surface of your eye—the eye’s outermost layer. It contains no blood vessels and is nourished via tears and the aqueous humor fluid of the eye. The cornea protects the eyes from dirt and germs and is responsible for about 75 percent of the eye’s focusing power, making it a vital component of vision.

Why is corneal transplant necessary?

If vision or a certain condition cannot be corrected by glasses, contact lenses, or other treatments, a corneal transplant might be necessary. Dry eyes, keratoconus, Fuch's dystrophy, and corneal scar management are conditions that might lead to the need for a corneal transplant, as well as blunt trauma to the eye. Patients with genetic abnormalities sometimes require corneal transplants. If you’re experiencing loss of vision due to corneal problems, make an appointment with Dr. Kruger.

How is a corneal transplant done?

Also known as keratoplasty, a corneal transplant is a procedure which replaces part of the cornea with corneal tissue from a donor. Dr. Kruger practices the most modern transplantation procedures, focusing on preserving as much of the patient’s natural tissue as possible. Typically, the procedure is performed in-office using local anesthesia.

Which kinds of corneal transplant procedures does Dr. Kruger offer?

Dr. Kruger is one of the first surgeons in Denver the offer DMEK, the most advanced corneal surgery for Fuch’s Dystrophy and other causes of corneal endothelial dysfunction. In 2014, Dr. Kruger spent a week learning firsthand from Mark Terry, MD, the most experienced DMEK surgeon in North America.

Dr. Kruger is also trained to perform the following procedures:

  • DSAEK (Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty)
  • DMEK (Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty)
  • DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty)
  • PK (Penetrating Keratoplasty)
  • Corneal Cross Linking
  • Intacs®
  • Pterygium Excision
  • Superficial Keratectomy

If you’re in need of a corneal transplant, contact our office. Dr. Kruger will perform a full consultation and determine the best option for your unique case.

What is recovery from a corneal transplant like?

Unlike other transplant procedures, it is highly unlikely that your body will reject your donor corneal tissue. You will receive steroid eye drops post-procedure to assist the healing process, and you should avoid vigorous exercise for a period of time. As always, it is important to go to your follow-up appointment with Dr. Kruger to ensure your postoperative recovery is going smoothly.