CORNEAL SCARS AND SWELLING
CORNEAL CONDITIONS EXPLAINED
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Corneal swelling, or corneal edema, is most common in individuals who are the age of 50 or older, although the eye condition can occur at any age.
The inner layer of cells in the cornea is called the Endothelium. These cells are important because they prevent fluid from accumulating in the cornea. However, they are sometimes not able to perform this function properly.
If the Endothelium cells do not function correctly, the natural water of the eye seeps into the cornea causing it to swell. This can cause symptoms such as glare from lights and blurred vision.
This problem may occur due to a condition called Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy. Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy can be due to genetics in some cases but usually occurs as a result of growing older.
Cataract surgery can also cause the cornea to swell with fluid, which takes a long time to clear or may sometimes fail to clear. This can occur if the cataract removed was very dense, if the surgery was prolonged, or if the eye had changes of Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy initially.
Prof Muhtaseb will conduct a thorough examination of your eyes, and explain in detail all the risks and benefits of this surgery.
You will have ample opportunity to ask questions.
If you have Fuchs’ Endothelial Dystrophy and a cataract, then Prof Muhtaseb can perform a combined operation to remove your cataract and complete the endothelial transplant in a single procedure.
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How urgently should I think about having surgery to treat the corneal swelling?
This depends on:
- The degree of the swelling
- What is causing it
- The duration you have had the problem
- The effect it is having on your vision
If you have mild swelling that is not causing much trouble with the vision, we can observe this over time in the clinic. If the swelling is severe and your vision is greatly reduced, we will need to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery.
My optician says I have a cataract, but there are also changes in the cornea that may get worse if I have the cataract operation. What should I do?
I recommend coming in for an examination and detailed discussion with Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. He will be able to take you through the pros and cons of every option, whether that is deferring or going ahead with cataract surgery.
It can be possible to perform cataract surgery and achieve a good degree of improved vision even when other corneal changes are present.
It is also possible to combine the cataract operation with the corneal transplant operation if it is clear that both surgeries are required.
A detailed discussion with Prof Muhtaseb will highlight all the issues that need to be considered.
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You’re over 45 and would love to read again without glasses
Unfortunately, reading glasses or varifocals get in the way of many of the things you most enjoy. Yes, spectacles help, but they are annoying little appendages that you lose or must clean to see clearly.
If you feel annoyed, anxious and limited by reading glasses or varifocal spectacles, we can help. Don’t let your favourite hobbies become tiring chores.
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Your vision is yellowing, duller, and cataracts are forming. You feel like your eyes are letting you down
The effect on your life can vary from being slightly frustrating, through to significantly affecting your ability to function independently, or even causing a devastating reduction in vision.
Before you developed cataracts, you were living a full life. You may enjoy the outdoors, have indoor hobbies or enjoy travelling. Or, perhaps you have finished working and are now taking the time to enjoy everything you may have missed when you were busy making a living.
Sadly, your eyes now dull the shine of life’s beautiful landscape. The trees, the flowers and even the sky don’t seem as bright as they used to look.
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HOW IT WORKS
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Meet your consultant
I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at one of my facilities in South Wales.
Revitalise your eyes
I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a life free of cataracts and glasses and contact lenses.
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ABOUT THE EXPERT
Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth
Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon
iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.