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Jan 18, 2011 7:56 AM by Jenise Fernandez

Acadiana's First Corneal Transplant Surgeon

Siser Judith Herbert was hopeful cataract surgery would help her see clearer.
"I was upset because I really couldn't see,"said Sister Herbert.
Her doctor said she needed a corneal transplant, something that patients in Acadiana used to travel long distance for, either to Houston or Baton Rouge.
"If I had to go to Houston, I don't really know if I would have done it," said Sister Herbert.
Luckily, she didn't have to. Dr. Kevin Swan is Lafayette's first corneal transplant surgeon.
"It's very helpful locally. They can get their pre-operative care here, their surgery, and their post-operative care here," said Dr. Swan.
Dr. Swan specializes in partial corneal transplants, which is a new technique with faster and safer results.
"We have a special device that we use to roll the cornea up and insert it in the eye. Basically, instead of using 16 stitches for a whole corneal transplant, we only use about one or sometimes none," said Dr. Swan.
Patients spoke very highly of Dr. Swan and have already had positive results.
Anna Lucia couldn't see out of one eye and was worried she wouldn't be able to read small print books again. But three months after her surgery, she is recovering well.
"There's a difference. I am seeing better each day and each week. It just worked out beautifully, thank goodness," said Lucia.
Dr. Swan has been working at Bohn and Joseph Eye Center for six motnhs. In addition to specializing in corneal transplant, he is also a general opthamologist. For more information visit www.bohnjosepheyemd.org

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