Centenarian's Vision Restored With New Sutureless Corneal Transplant Technology
WEST ORANGE, N.J., Dec. 11 On October 29, 2008, Katherine L. Rummler celebrated her 100th birthday. This year, to her great joy, she was able to experience her birthday with good vision. Recently Katherine had DSEK, a partial corneal transplant that has a much shorter recovery time than a traditional transplant, performed by Dr. Theodore Perl of Corneal Associates of New Jersey.
Katherine, who still lives in the house her parents had built in 1918, has been a resident in Summit for 90 years. A graduate of Cornell University, she was an accountant all of her life and did her own taxes until her diminishing vision made it impossible. She was living with almost no vision in her right eye and the vision in her left eye was declining. A doctor at Berkley Heights referred her to Dr. Theodore Perl at Corneal Associates of New Jersey after Katherine insisted that she wanted something done to improve the vision in her left eye. Dr. Perl performed a partial thickness corneal transplant, a relatively new procedure that is safer and more effective than a full corneal transplant, on Ms. Rummler's left eye. This procedure is ideal for a person of Katherine's age because it requires no stitches and therefore has a shorter recovery time with fewer follow up exams. This type of transplant will be fully healed in 6 - 8 weeks. Katherine's vision has continued to improve since her surgery and she now believes that she will be able to do her own taxes again this year.
When asked the secret of her longevity, Katherine attributed her many years to her faith, as well as drinking 3 glasses of cranberry juice and a glass of grape juice every day. Her diet also includes steak, lamb, and butter.
When Dr. Perl first saw Katherine he told her that she might want to wait awhile before having the surgery, but she insisted. "She is a feisty woman and she knows what she wants," said Dr. Perl, "I enjoyed treating her and I hope she enjoys her new vision."
Dr. Perl is a cornea specialist and has been in practice in West Orange for 25 years. He limits his practice to corneal surgery such as cornea transplants and laser vision correction to reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses. He has performed over 5000 transplants, and over 6800 laser vision correction procedures. He can be reached at (973) 736-1313 or www.cornealassociates.com.
SOURCE Corneal Associates of New Jersey
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