COVID - 19 Update

We are open and seeing patients on a limited schedule.

At Macy Eye Center, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns about coming in to the office.

THE STATE AND CITY GUIDELINES NOW PERMIT US TO RETURN TO THE OFFICE AND SURGICAL CENTERS UNDER STRICT SAFETY MEASURES.

We have instituted strict safety measures for the office as follows:

* Doctors and staff will be wearing KN95 masks and gloves. Patients will also be required to wear a mask. 

*Everyone entering the facility will be required to have a temperature check, including all staff members. 

* Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the facility.

* We will be limiting the number of patients in the office and the waiting area. Please do not bring visitors unless you need assistance.

*Breath shields have been installed on all our slit lamps to provide a barrier while examining your eyes.

*A deep cleaning in the exam rooms will be performed after every patient.

Stay Well and we will see you soon under the safest circumstances possible!

In order to ensure that all our patients have access to the care they need, Dr. Macy will be offering virtual consultations. If you would like to schedule a consultation or have any questions, please contact us at 310-657-2777 or send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Corneal Transplantation

The cornea is the clear, front window of the eye. It helps focus light into the eye so that you can see. The cornea is made of layers of cells. These layers work together to protect your eye and provide clear vision.

Your cornea must be clear, smooth and healthy for good vision. If it is scarred, swollen, or damaged, light is not focused properly into the eye. As a result, your vision is blurry or you see glare.

If your cornea cannot be healed or repaired, a corneal transplant may be recommended. This is when the diseased cornea is replaced with a clear, healthy cornea from a human donor.

A human donor is someone who chooses to donate (give) his or her corneas after their death to people who need them. All donated corneas are carefully tested to make sure they are healthy and safe to use.

There are different types of corneal transplants. In some cases, only the front and middle layers of the cornea are replaced. In others, only the inner layer is removed. Sometimes, the entire cornea needs to be replaced.

Corneal Transplant Surgery Options

Full thickness corneal transplant

Your entire cornea may need to be replaced if both the front and inner corneal layers are damaged. This is called penetrating keratoplasty (PK), or full thickness corneal transplant. Your diseased or damaged cornea is removed. Then the clear donor cornea is sewn into place.

PK has a longer recovery period than other types of corneal transplants. Getting complete vision back after PK may take up to one year.

Endothelial keratoplasty

In some eye conditions, the innermost layer of the cornea called the “endothelium” is damaged. This causes the cornea to swell, affecting your vision. Endothelial keratoplasty is a surgery to replace this layer of the cornea with healthy donor tissue. It is known as a partial transplant since only this inner layer of tissue is replaced.

There are a few types of endothelial keratoplasty. They are known as:

  • DSEK (or DSAEK) — Descemet's Stripping (Automated) Endothelial Keratoplasty
  • DMEK — Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty

Each type removes damaged cells from an inner layer of the cornea called Descemet’s membrane. The damaged corneal layer is removed through a small incision. Then the new tissue is put in place. Just a few stitches are needed to close the incision. Much of the cornea is left untouched. This lowers the risk of having the new cornea cells being rejected after surgery.

An opportunity for clear vision

If you have a damaged cornea, you and Dr Knezevic will discuss your options for improving your vision. For people with a deeply scarred or swollen cornea, transplant surgery can restore clear vision.

Reference: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/about-corneal-transplantation

Jonathan Isaac Macy, MD

Macy Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Isaac Macy is considered a leader in laser cataract surgery and LASIK. A clinical professor of ophthalmology at both USC and UCLA, Dr. Macy provides his extensive expertise to patients in the greater Los Angeles, CA, area. He is affiliated with professional organizations, including:

  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • International Society of Refractive Surgery
  • California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • American Healthcare Professionals and Friends For Medicine in Israel

To schedule an appointment with our ophthalmologist, contact us online or call (310) 657-2777.

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