A cornea transplant, also known as keratoplasty, is performed when a patient’s cornea no longer allows light to enter the eye properly due to injury or disease. The goal of this procedure is to restore vision loss caused by the damaged cornea.
During this procedure, an eye surgeon removes part of your cornea and replaces it with corneal tissue provided by a donor. Cornea transplants don’t always need to transfer all the layers of the cornea. In some instances, a surgeon may elect to transplant a small portion if the disease or damage is limited to a small portion of the cornea.
Healing time, success rates, and risks associated with cornea transplants vary based on the type of transplant. It is important to select an experienced eye surgeon who can recommend the best treatment options and long-term care options available to you.