Dr. Trujillo specializes in cornea transplantation. He has improved vision on patients with Cornea Edema, Fuch's Dystrophy and Keratoconus. The cornea is the clear dome-like structure that covers the front of the eye. It is a lens and it should be clear and smooth to allow good vision.
Conditions that can affect the loss of vision
- Conditions that affect the clarity or the smooth structure of the cornea and produce loss of vision are: Scars after trauma, inflammation and infections
- Conditions that change the shape of the cornea like keratoconus or previous cornea surgeries.
- Conditions that affect the inner layers of the cornea called the endothelium and produce swelling of the cornea and loss of clarity like Bullous Keratopathy and Fuch’s Dystrophy.
Traditionally, the only procedure available to treat these conditions was a full thickness cornea transplant technically called a penetrating keratoplasty. This procedure involves removing the patient’s sick cornea and replacing it with a full thickness cornea by placing many stitches. This procedure takes several months and sometimes up to a year to produce improvement in vision.
Newer procedures have been developed the allow for partial thickness transplantation that allow for faster recovery. These procedures include DSEK, DMEK and anterior lamellar keratoplasty.