, (PressExposure) April 28, 2009 -- Corneal transplants bring back sight to thousands of patients with diseased or scarred corneas every year but a shortage in donor corneas, graft rejection or the unsuitability of some patients to receive corneal transplants leaves millions of patients worldwide blind from corneal disorders. Dr. Dean Dornic of Eye Specialists of Carolina recently became the first private practice ophthalmologist in North Carolina to be certified in the use of the AlphaCor implant; an artificial cornea designed to be used in high risk cases.
Dr. Dornic, one of the nation's foremost leaders in cataract and cornea disease, performs thousands of cataract and corneal surgeries each year including corneal transplants, partial corneal transplants, Intacs and other vision correction procedures.
"The AlphaCor implant is a welcome addition to our armamentarium in treating corneal disease." said Dornic. "Corneal blindness is devastating to patients and can be a frustrating problem for both the patient and doctor."
The AlphaCor implant is a product of Addition Technology an ophthalmic medical device developer and manufacturer in Des Plaines, IL. AlphaCor is a biocompatible, flexible, one-piece artificial cornea (keratoprosthesis) designed to replace a scarred or diseased native cornea. AlphaCor is designed for use in patients who have had multiple failed corneal transplants or in those patients in whom a donor graft is likely to fail. Its patented design features are aimed to promote retention, minimize post-operative complications and restore vision in patients who cannot receive, or are unlikely to have a beneficial outcome from, a human donor graft.
Dean Dornic MD is accustomed to pioneering in ophthalmology. He has offered Raleigh-Durham residents access to cutting-edge refractive surgery and cataract procedures since 2001. He is the only private practice ophthalmologist in the area to perform Intacs, a corneal insert used in the treatment of keratoconus. He is also the first ophthalmologist in the area to perform IntraLase, an all laser LASIK procedure. One of the Carolinaâs most experienced and qualified refractive surgeons, Dornic is a board certified, fellowship-trained, vision correction specialist dedicated to the highest standards in ophthalmic surgery. Dornic is a renowned author, lecturer and one of only 100 LASIK Gold surgeons in the country â an honor awarded by Laser Vision Centers, Inc. Recently Dr. Dornic was named to Consumersâ Research Council of Americaâs list of âTop Ophthalmologists.â
Dornic has offices in Cary and Smithfield, NC and is on staff at Rex Hospital, Johnston Health and Wake Medical Centers. For more information about Dr. Dean Dornic or his office locations, visit the Laser Eye Center of Carolina online at http://www.visionauthorities.com or his Smithfield, NC practice at http://www.eyespecialistsofcarolina.com.
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