Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons David Vroman, MD and Millin Budev, MD currently perform all corneal transplant and DSAEK procedures at the Trident Eye Surgery Center in North Charleston. This state-of-the-art facility contains the latest technology and most sophisticated instruments needed for this highly advanced procedure. Located off of exit 205 at Interstate 26, Trident is only one exit away from Carolina Cataract & Laser Center, providing further convenience to patients.
Corneal transplant and DSAEK patients will first receive a full evaluation and testing at Carolina Cataract & Laser Center. When the surgeon determines that surgery is appropriate, staff will begin the process of scheduling OR time at the eye surgery center and requesting donor tissue from Lifepoint Eye Bank. Patients must begin preparing as well, following all pre-operative instructions prior to surgery. Complete information will be provided to patients while in the office, including arrival time, location and medication instructions prior to surgery. Patients must not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before surgery.
Patients will be asked to arrive at the Trident Eye Surgery Center approximately 45 minutes prior to surgery for preparation. Patients will be given a light sedative to ensure comfort throughout the procedure and will relax in the comfort of their own home following the procedure. Patients will return to Carolina Cataract & Laser Center the morning following surgery for the one-day post operative exam by the surgeon. All medication and post-operative instructions will be reviewed again at this time to ensure the best healing process possible.
As with any operative experience, there are always risks and benefits which will be discussed in detail with the surgeon prior to surgery. If at any time the patient experiences redness, pain, loss of vision or any other concerns, our office should be contacted at (843) 797-3676. Broken sutures, infections, or graft rejection can occur at any time and needs to be addressed immediately. In most instances, there are no complications and better vision is achieved in the end.
New technologies have made this an exciting time for corneal transplantation. Traditional corneal transplantation, known as Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK), is a highly refined procedure with positive overall outcomes. Traditional corneal transplantation techniques have evolved as well, allowing surgeons to provide even newer techniques, such as DSAEK, to patients with specific corneal needs.
The cornea is a remarkable structure that helps to focus light and protect the internal structures of your eye. The shape of the cornea is important to the focusing of light on the retina in the back of the eye. A properly shaped cornea and healthy lens will allow this light to focus clearly, providing crisp vision.
Carolina Cataract & Laser Center surgeons David Vroman, MD and Millin Budev, MD currently perform all corneal transplant and DSAEK procedures at the Trident Eye Surgery Center in North Charleston.