Cornea Program at Vance Thompson Vision
We provide Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for patients who need to replace a section of their cornea with donor tissue to revise their vision. This partial-thickness transplant is performed on patients with less complex eye issues (no glaucoma or damaged lenses), but it is still a delicate surgery. More complicated cases may undergo the Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) as the DMEK is considered the newer alternative. Our surgeons can replace the affected cells while keeping the outer layer of the eye intact, which allows for greater visual recovery.
We offer the Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) surgery for patients with diseased or damaged corneas. DSEK only uses a thin portion donor tissue instead of the whole cornea. Board-certified ophthalmologists Drs. Thompson, Tendler, Berdahl, Greenwood, and board-eligible ophthalmologist Dr. Swan perform DSEK surgeries in our facility in Sioux Falls, SD. This award-winning team of eye surgeons provides this corneal surgery for patients with severe cases of corneal disease or injured corneas. The health of the innermost layers of the cornea is essential to your vision as a healthy cornea focuses light on the retina and keeps the lens clear (free from haze or cloudiness). DSEK surgery improves the vision by removing the damaged cells and replacing them with healthy donor tissues on the posterior side of the corneas. With DSEK, you have the opportunity to repair your vision with a team of doctors who will go above and beyond when it comes to your sight.
To maintain the shape and strength of the cornea, our award-winning team at Vance Thompson Vision may advise corneal cross-linking to patients who present moderate to severe corneal thinning and/or keratoconus. Our doctors are committed to creating and protecting your vision, and they are delighted to offer corneal cross-linking as it was recently approved by the FDA. Vance Thompson Vision has been involved with corneal cross-linking since 2011 through our participation in the clinical trials leading up to FDA approval. We are now implementing this exciting technology and eager to continue developing and researching this treatment. At our office in Sioux Falls, SD, we see men and women with advanced cases of irregularly shaped corneas, also known as ectasia, and we look forward to treating these patients as soon as possible.
Vance Thompson Vision offers phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK), which is a procedure that applies a laser to remove haziness and irregularities from the cornea. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and is normally clear and smooth. It should first bend light rays so they focus directly on the retina. If the surface of the cornea has rough or cloudy spots, the light will not focus accurately on the retina, resulting in blurry, inconsistent vision. Until recently, the only way to correct a cloudy or irregular cornea and achieve clearer vision was a partial or full corneal transplant. Now, PTK is an exciting option as an alternative to a transplant. Dr. Vance Thompson was a national medical monitor in the FDA-controlled clinical trials during the development of PTK in the United States. His team is very experienced in performing this laser surgery to create a smoother corneal surface than with a blade while removing more exact amounts of tissue.