Corneal transplant is a surgical procedure used to replace a portion of a diseased or damaged cornea with a healthy one. The cornea is the clear, outer surface on the front of the eye. Cornea of the EyeCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Vision symptoms, including decreased vision, floaters, flashing lights, increased light sensitivity, or loss of peripheral vision
- Increased eye redness
- Increased pain
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Corneal transplant is a surgical procedure used to replace a portion of a diseased or damaged cornea with a healthy one.
The cornea is the clear, outer surface on the front of the eye.
Cornea of the Eye Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
A corneal transplant can correct vision problems caused by infections, injuries, or medical conditions that effect the cornea. It is often recommended for the following:
- Keratoconus—a thinning and bulging of the cornea that causes blurred vision
- A cornea scarred from infection or injury
- Clouding of the cornea
- Complications of previous eye surgery
The procedure is highly successful. Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Rejection of the new cornea—The body’s defense system attacks the new tissue, damaging it.
- Problems focusing
detachment of the retina
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:
- Chronic diseases, such as diabetes or obesity
The operation is most successful for patients who have the following:
- Corneal scars
It is less successful for those who have corneal infection
and severe injury, like a chemical burn.