A corneal transplant (also called cornea grafting or keratoplasty) is usually done to help restore your vision, but can also be performed for comfort or appearance too.
Severe keratoconus is one possible reason for corneal transplant surgery, but the procedure is also used to treat corneal scarring as a result of injury, swelling or infection of the cornea.
Before considering a corneal transplant for keratoconus, your surgeon may recommend another treatment instead. New treatments for keratoconus such as corneal implants are highly effective and involve less risk.
While corneal transplant surgery should not be taken lightly, you can be sure you are in safe hands with Exeter Eye’s experienced ophthalmic surgeons.
Are you tired of putting on your reading glasses every time you pick up your cell phone?
Are you constantly complaining that your arms are not long enough for close work?
Have you had excellent distance vision without glasses all of your life? If you answered yes to these questions, then conductive keratoplasty may be the answer that you have been looking for. Conductive keratoplasty, also called CK, is a simple procedure that can help restore near vision.
During this procedure high-frequency radio waves are applied to the outside of the eye, gently reshaping the cornea. These radio waves shrink tissue in small spots, altering the cornea’s shape, resulting in improved near vision. Treating presbyopia, conductive keratoplasty is generally safer and more effective than other refractive surgery procedures.
In a corneal transplant operation, the surgeon will replace all or part of your damaged cornea (the clear front surface of your eye) with healthy donor corneal tissue.
The operation is usually done under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. In most cases, your surgeon will use a highly specialised instrument called a ‘trephine’ to precisely remove your cornea. In some operations, only the front or back part of the cornea will need to be replaced. The donor cornea is removed in the same way to create a piece of the same size, and is carefully sutured in place with extremely fine stitches.
After the operation, an eye pad and protective shield will be placed over your eye, and you will be able to go home as soon as your anaesthetic has worn off. You should ask someone to stay with you overnight, and you will need to come back for a check-up the following day.
Before your surgery, it is important not to eat or drink for at least six hours as you will most likely be having a general anaesthetic.
Full recovery from corneal transplants can take some time. It usually takes twelve to 18 months to achieve your best possible vision, and you will need regular check-ups during that period.
Should you suffer from severe keratoconus or another corneal condition that affects your sight, corneal transplants could be a very worthwhile and effective operation.
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