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Innovations in Vision Restoration

Corneal Transplant Toronto

TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre is excited to announce that we now have the capability to perform corneal transplants in the most advanced fashion. Thanks to the latest technology innovation, we can perform corneal transplantation in the most precise and accurate way possible with a procedure called IEK. The TLC surgical team can also perform another form of corneal transplant called DSAEK, or Decemet’s stripping automatic endothelial keratoplasty, which offers various advantages over conventional corneal transplant surgery. To learn more about IEK and DSAEK, contact our Toronto, Ontario practice today to schedule a free consultation.

Corneal Transplants with IEK

The corneal specialist surgeons at TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre are proud to offer technologically advanced corneal transplant surgery. Through the transplantation of one or both corneas, people with serious eye disorders such as Fuchs' Dystrophy can regain their vision in a faster, safer, more effective manner. Femtosecond Enabled Keratoplasty, or IEK, which is offered at our Toronto, Ontario practice, is an exciting new procedure that makes exceptional results more accessible than ever.

The IEK procedure is set apart from conventional corneal transplant surgery by the use of the Femtosecond laser. The corneas are extracted from the donor using this precise laser. The eyes of the recipient are also prepared in a similar way by the Femtosecond laser. After the corneas have been extracted and the recipient adequately prepared, the donor corneas are transplanted into the patient's eyes.

Because both the donor and the recipient are prepared in similar fashions with the precise Femtosecond laser, the donor corneas fit almost perfectly into the recipient's eye. The higher accuracy of the fitting lowers the chances of astigmatism resulting and increases the chances of quicker recovery.

This development puts TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Centre at the forefront of science and medicine and allows us to help patients recover their sight more quickly. We are the first and only Canadian site with this exciting new development and are very proud of it!

Corneal Transplants with DSAEK

Corneal transplants are performed to replace a damaged or diseased cornea with healthy, donated corneal tissue. This can be done with a procedure called deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty (DLEK), and now a variation of it called, Decemet’s stripping automatic endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK). Dr. Rootman was the first surgeon in Toronto, Ontario to perform these procedures and has established a reputation as one of the most known and trusted ophthalmic surgeons in the area.

Unlike penetrating keratoplasty (PK), the previous standard in corneal transplants, DSAEK is a specialized form of corneal transplant that replaces a smaller piece of the cornea and requires a shorter recovery period. Using a special device called a microkeratome, a thin donor wafer of tissue is created. An incision is made to remove the damaged section of the patient’s cornea and the healthy tissue is placed into the patient's eye. Due to the small size of the incision made during the DLEK and DSAEK procedures, it heals without the need for many sutures, lessening the recovery time. The DSAEK procedure also carries other advantages over traditional cornea transplant surgeries, including:

  • Less astigmatism is created since there are no sutures.
  • The eye is much stronger and more resistant to injury since only the diseased tissue rather than the entire cornea is replaced.
  • Surgery time is quicker.
  • The chance of rejection is reduced significantly.
  • The procedure can be combined with cataract surgery.

Learn More about IEK and DSAEK

Committed to offering patients the latest ophthalmic developments, TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre is proud to provide corneal transplants with IEK and DSAEK. Patients from Toronto and other parts of Ontario who wish to learn more about these procedures can contact our practice and schedule a free consultation.

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