The doctors at Focal Point Vision diagnose and treat a wide range of corneal diseases. The most common reasons for corneal surgery include keratoconus, Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy, corneal edema, and scarring. For more information about corneal surgery for keratoconus, please see the keratoconus section of our website.
Below is a list of the advanced corneal surgeries that we perform:
DMEK — This is the latest technique in corneal transplantation, and it involves replacing only the very back layer of the cornea (approximately .01 mm!) through a tiny incision. Most patients take off only a few days from work, and the vision improves very rapidly. Drs. Maverick, Lehmann, and Burkhart are among the first surgeons in TEXAS to perform DMEK on a routine basis. It is a truly ground-breaking surgery, and the surgeons at Focal Point Vision are proud to offer it to the people of Texas. Patients routinely travel from other cities for this surgery, and you can contact Michelle Arevalos at 210-614-3600 if you have questions about travel issues and/or surgery scheduling.
DSEK or DSAEK — A partial corneal transplant used to treat patients with corneal edema. The surgery involves removing the back layer of the cornea and insertion of the replacement layer through a tiny incision. Most patients take off a week from work, and the vision improves in the first few months.
Superficial Keratectomy — This is a surgery to remove a superficial scar on the cornea, and it is done in the office. There is only mild discomfort, and the vision improves rapidly.
Penetrating Keratoplasty — This is a fancy way of saying a full corneal transplant. We perform the surgery for patients with large corneal scars and/or keratoconus. Please see our FAQ.
Lamellar Keratoplasty — This means a partial corneal transplant in which we remove only the part of the cornea that is scarred. Drs. Lehmann and Maverick are the only surgeons in South Texas who performs DALK for keratoconus.
Keratoprosthesis — This surgery is reserved for patients with severe corneal disease. The keratoprosthesis is a combination of a donor cornea and an artificial cornea that is used in patients with a history of graft rejection or severe ocular surface disease. The physicians at Focal Point Vision have the most experience with the keratoprosthesis in South and Central Texas.
To learn more about Focal Point Vision, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (210) 614-3600.