(Keratoplasty; Penetrating Keratoplasty)
|Cornea of the Eye|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Keratoconus—a thinning and bulging of the cornea that causes blurred vision
- A cornea scarred from infection or injury
- Clouding of the cornea
- Complications of previous eye surgery
- Rejection of the new cornea—The body’s defense system attacks the new tissue, damaging it.
- Problems focusing
- Light sensitivity
- Swelling or detachment of the retina
- Corneal scars
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. Also, discuss any herbs or vitamins you take. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- Arrange to have someone drive you home.
- Arrange for help at home after the procedure.
- Use any eye drops as instructed by your eye surgeon.
- The day before, do not eat or drink anything after midnight unless told otherwise by your doctor.
- Local anesthesia to numb the eye
- General anesthesia
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Using eye drops
- Wearing glasses during the day or a shield at night
- Not rubbing the eye
- Protecting the eye from accidental bumps or pokes
- Avoiding contact sports
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Vision symptoms, including decreased vision, floaters, flashing lights, increased light sensitivity, or loss of peripheral vision
- Increased eye redness
- Increased pain
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
Eye Bank Association of America http://www.restoresight.org
The National Keratoconus Foundation http://www.nkcf.org
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind http://www.cnib.ca
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.eyesite.ca
Corneal surgery FAQ. The University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology Services website. Available at: http://www.umc.edu/education/schools/medicine/clinical%5Fscience/ophthalmology/clinical%5Fservices(ophthalmology)/corneal%5Fsurgery%5Ffaq.aspx. Accessed November 4, 2015.
Corneal transplants. National Keratoconus Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nkcf.org/corneal-transplants. Accessed November 4, 2015.
Facts about the cornea and corneal disease. The National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cornealdisease/index.asp. Updated May 2013. Accessed November 4, 2015.
Frequently asked questions. Eye Bank Association of America website. Available at: http://restoresight.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf. Accessed November 4, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -