Corneal Transplant

A corneal transplant occurs when damaged tissue on the cornea (clear layer of the eye) is replaced with donor cornea tissue. Corneal transplants have become a very common surgical procedure. In fact, according to the Eye Bank Association of America 2008 Statistical Report, “More than 40,000 cornea transplants are performed in the United States each year.” Traditionally, glare and blurry vision are symptoms of a damaged cornea.

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Why Have a Corneal Transplant

  • Thin or abnormal shaped corneas, such as keratoconus (eye disease)
  • Serious injury or infections which has caused scarring to the cornea, including eye herpes
  • Chemical burns on the cornea

  • Corneal edema (extreme swelling)
  • Trichiasis- disorder which the eyelashes rub the cornea because the eyelid is turned inward
  • Fuchs’ dystrophy- disorder when the cornea becomes cloudy, causing vision loss

If you have any questions related to corneal transplants please contact our office.