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Corneal Transplants

The cornea is the clear covering of the front of the eye which bends (refracts) light rays as they enter the eye. For clear vision to occur, the cornea must have the correct shape and power to focus incoming light rays precisely on the retina at the back of the eye. When the cornea loses its transparency, whether from injury, infection or disease, transplantation may be recommended to replace it.

 

 

Corneal transplants are usually performed with local anesthesia so there is no pain. During the procedure, the cornea is replaced with one from a human donor. The new cornea carries little risk of rejection and can last for many years. Corneal transplants are usually performed with local anesthesia so there is no pain. During the procedure, the cornea is replaced with one from a human donor. The new cornea carries little risk of rejection and can last for many years.

KERATOPROSTHESIS

Keratoprosthesis (KPro) is an artificial corneal transplant. This surgery is performed if a traditional corneal transplant has failed. The KPro can offer restored vision in patients that are unable to undergo traditional corneal transplantation.

The follow up includes antibiotics to prevent infection, as well as a bandage contact lens that prevents dryness of the artificial cornea. In the first year after this surgery patients will need to be seen every few weeks to monitor for appropriate healing.