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Why is a Corneal Transplant performed?
A few reasons your ophthalmologist would chose to perform a corneal transplant are:
- Inherited corneal thinning (keratoconus) with visual distortion.
- Scarring of the corneal from severe infection or injuries.
- Inherited or acquired corneal clouding (Fuchs’ dystrophy) with visual loss.
What is a Corneal Transplant?
A surgery that is performed to replace the clear surface of the front of the eye, or the cornea. The corneal tissue for transplantation is taken from a donor shortly after death. Most corneal transplants function extremely well for many years.
Recovering From a Cornea Transplant
Total cornea transplant recovery time can be up to a year or longer. Initially, your vision will be blurry for the first few months — and in some cases may be worse than it was before — while your eye gets used to its new cornea.
As your vision improves, you gradually will be able to return to your normal daily activities. For the first several weeks, heavy exercise and lifting are prohibited. However, you should be able to return to work within a week after surgery, depending on your job and how quickly your vision improves.
Steroid eye drops will be prescribed for several months to help your body accept the new corneal graft, as well as other medications to help control infection, discomfort and swelling. You should keep your eye protected at all times by wearing a shield or a pair of eyeglasses so that nothing inadvertently bumps or enters your eye.
If stitches were used in your surgery, they usually are removed three to 17 months post-surgery, depending on the health of your eye and the rate of healing. Adjustments can be made to the sutures surrounding the new corneal tissue to help reduce the amount of astigmatism resulting from an irregular eye surface.
As with any type of surgery, always follow the instructions of your eye surgeon to help minimize corneal transplant complications and expedite healing.