Corneal transplantation is the most common and successful organ transplant surgery performed in the United States. Transplantation is necessary in severe cases of corneal clouding or scarring caused by corneal disease, dystrophy or keratoconus. These conditions reduce the clarity of the cornea, impairing its ability to focus light.
Corneal transplantaion is an out-patient procedure that replaces an existing diseased or damaged cornea with the cornea from a human donor. As is the case with all organ transplants, there is the risk that the patient’s body will reject the donated tissue. As a result, our ophthalmologists perform an extensive pre-examination of your eye to reduce the risk of potential complications related to the transplantation.
Visual recovery is much slower with corneal transplantation compared to cataract surgery. It may be several weeks before you can be fitted with new glasses or a contact lens but most patients enjoy a marked improvement in their vision following the surgery.
If you would like to learn more about corneal transplantation and whether it is a good option for your vision needs, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians or book your appointment on our website.