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Posted by Dude on August 11, 2000 at 14:31:46:

In Reply to: Corneal Transplants. Information on PTK surgery posted by Lela Jennison on August 11, 2000 at 01:11:29:

: I am trying to find information on corneal transplants. One of my eyes needs a corneal transplant. I have researched the internet and found that PTK surgery might be another way to go.

: I am interested in finding a clinic, center or hospital on the west coast because I live in Alaska. I have heard of Doheny Institute and another one that starts with S_________.(also in California)

: Because I am 65 I am interested in knowing what Medicare would pay.

PTK may or may not work in place of a corneal transplant. It depends on why you need a transplant. What eye condition do you have? PTK is used to smooth the surface of the cornea which becomes irregular, distorted or bumpy due to certain diseases. Transplants are used for severe scarring, keratoconus, and severe clouding from fluid swelling for diseases such as Fuch's Dystrophy. So it really depends on what you have. You need to talk to the doctor or clinic to see if Medicare will pay. they may not be able to tell you without a copy of your current doctor's records. There are good eye clinics at UCLA-Doheney, Stanford Univ, Univ of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Univ of Washington is another place to check out, but the other three are brest known for eye surgery on the west coast.

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