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Center For Sight Selected to Participate in Corneal Transplant Study
Date:3/9/2013

elling, including Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy, an age-related disease that may be inherited; and pseudophakic/aphakic corneal edema, a complication following cataract surgery, will be enrolled.

All patients will undergo a corneal transplant called an endothelial keratoplasty. The surgeon takes a slice from the back of a healthy donated cornea, opens a small slit in the patient’s eye, scrapes out the diseased endothelial cells and replaces them with the donor cells. Transplant patients will be examined over the next three years, to determine if the cornea has remained clear or becomes clouded due to poor functioning or death of the transplanted cells.

Although results of the study directly apply only to the use of donor corneas used for this specific operation and these conditions, researchers hope that results could be extended to donor corneas used for other types of transplants and other diseases.

“The Cornea Preservation Time Study is a model for the type of research we must continue to pursue in order to creatively target critical issues such as donor organ shortages,” said Dr. Lahners. “This project offers the potential of immediate, life-altering impact for thousands of people."

About Center For Sight
Center For Sight is among the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary physician groups providing patients worldwide with care in ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, cosmetic facial surgery and hearing services. In August 2012, Center For Sight earned the distinction of becoming the first ophthalmology practice in the United States to acquire the LENSAR Laser System for Laser Cataract Surgery. Under the clinical direction of David W. Shoemaker, M.D., and William J. Lahners, M.D., F.A.C.S., Center For Sight has eight offices serving Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. For more information, visit CenterForSight.net.

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