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HELLO, MY FATHER HAD A CATARACT REMOVED AND THE EYE WAS DAMAGED

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HELLO, MY FATHER HAD A CATARACT REMOVED AND THE EYE WAS DAMAGED AND THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO PUT THE LENCE BACK AS THE CELLS HAVE BEEN DESTOYED TO THE POINT WHERE IT COULD NOT BE STITCHED. WE HAVE HEARD THAT THEY CAN NOW GROW NEW CELLS ON THE GOOD EYE AND PLACE THEM INTO THE DAMAGED EYE AND RENEW THE CELLS I CAN'T FIND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ON THE INTERNET, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION
REGARDS XXXXX XXXXX
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

Can you give me more information about the cells that were damaged? Do you know if the cells were on his cornea (endothelial cells) or his retina (back of the eye) or ???

Customer:

I think the cornea where the lense sits

Dr. Rick :

Ok. The cells in the cornea (endothelial cells) can be replaced in two ways. The first is a full thickness corneal transplant (PK) and the other, newer, technique, is DSEK. These surgeries are usually done by a cornea specialist.

Dr. Rick :

Here is a link about DSEK:

Dr. Rick :

http://www.centreforsight.com/dsek-keratoplasty-corneal-transplant/

Dr. Rick :

Here is information about a full thickness corneal transplant:

Dr. Rick :

http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Ce-Fi/Corneal-Transplantation.html

Dr. Rick :

These cells do not come from his good eye but rather from a cadaver donor. There is no surgery that uses his own cells.....

Customer:

dad was told a couple of years ago that the cells structure was to damaged to do anything. but has seen on tv this other procedure. where they grow new cells and put them into the bad eye

Dr. Rick :

If his endothelial cells are severely damaged one of these surgeries to replace the cells should work.

Customer:

what if the back of his eye was damaged also he had to see a ophthamologist

Dr. Rick :

If his retina is destroyed then that can't be fixed.

Customer:

okay i will look on the sites you have given me thanks

Dr. Rick :

My pleasure

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Let me know if there are there any other concerns or issues you would like to discuss on this topic.

I wish your father the best of luck in getting his vision back.
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