Corneal Surgery

Dr York is the first and only fellowship-trained Corneal Surgeon in the Eastern Cape. After specialising in Ophthalmology in Cape Town, Dr York spent 1 year of intensive clinical training in Australia to sub-specialise as a Corneal Surgeon at the prestigious Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne.

He trained under a team of world leaders in corneal surgery, including Professor Mark Daniell and Dr Elsie Chan, gaining expertise in the latest cutting edge advancements in lamellar (partial thickness) corneal transplant surgery, complex cataract surgery, corneal collagen cross-linking and corneal laser procedures. He was also involved in clinical trials through the Centre for Eye Research in Australia (CERA), did his masters on Corneal donations in South Africa, wrote a textbook chapter on corneal transplantation and has presented research at numerous local and international ophthalmology meetings.

Comprehensive Corneal Service

  • Screening, diagnosis and management of Keratoconus
  • Corneal collagen crosslinking to prevent progression of Keratoconus
  • Medical and surgical management of infectious, inflammatory, hereditary and metabolic conditions of the cornea.
  • Management of pterygiums and ocular surface cancers/growths
  • Premium Corneal transplantation service for various conditions including Keratoconus, Corneal scarring, Fuchs endothelial dystrophy, bullous keratopathy

Dr York Offers The Following Corneal Transplant Procedures

  • Penetrating keratoplasty (full thickness corneal transplant)
  • Lamellar keratoplasty (partial thickness corneal transplants)
    • DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty)
    • DMEK (Descemets Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty)
    • Ultra-thin DSAEK (Descemets Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty)

Dr York offers a highly specialised corneal transplant service utilising the latest techniques in lamellar (partial thickness) corneal transplantation for:

  1. Superior visual results
  2. Quicker recovery time
  3. Lower risk of rejection
  4. Longer graft survival

than traditional full thickness corneal transplants.

If you do require a corneal transplant operation, Dr York will assess your corneal disease and discuss (in easy to understand terms) which of these procedures is the most suitable for your eye.