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Cornea Surgeryin Boston, MA

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there artificial corneas?

There are cornea prostheses used for severe pathology of the cornea, but less commonly. More commonly, either a partial or full thickness cornea tissue from an expired donor is used for cornea pathology.

Can a living person donate a cornea?

No, a cornea donor has passed away and has met certain, strict criteria held for donation.

Can I wear glasses after corneal transplant?

Yes, you can. Depending on the reason for the cornea transplant, you may even see better with a specialty contact lens.

Can you have a second corneal transplant?

If a cornea transplant has an issue such as rejection or infection, then yes you can have a second cornea transplant procedure.

Can you wear contact lenses after corneal transplant?

Yes, you can and this often really helps your vision!

Do corneal transplants last forever?

Generally, no, but they can last a very long time. This depends on your age at the time of surgery and your bodys ability to accept the donor tissue over time.

Does cornea transplant change eye color?

No, this is not a known result of a cornea transplant.

How long after a corneal transplant can you fly?

Generally, your Ophthalmologist will want to follow you closely after your procedure. We do not recommend making plans soon after your surgery to allow time for follow-up visits and healing.

How long does it take to recover from a corneal transplant?

It depends on whether a partial or full thickness transplant was done and it depends on the severity of the pathology the patient has. Every case is unique.

How many times can you have a corneal transplant?

There is no maximum amount of times, officially.

How serious is a cornea transplant?

It can be a serious procedure, but not always. This again depends on if your doctor is choosing to do a partial or full thickness transplant and for what disease process.

How soon can I drive after a corneal transplant?

This depends on the state of your non-surgical eye and how you feel after the surgery. Definitely no driving the day of surgery!

What are the signs of corneal transplant rejection?

Symptoms can be change in vision and pain. Signs on your exam may be eye redness and inflammation. If you ever experience these symptoms after a transplant, you should come in to be seen right away.

What can I expect after a corneal transplant?

You can expect a period of healing until your body has adapted and accepted the corneal tissue. The exact healing process will depend on whether you had a partial or full thickness cornea transplant procedure.

What can you not do after a corneal transplant?

Generally, you will want to avoid heavy lifting and bending for the following week along with placing your head under pool or beach water. Further positional requirements, such as lying flat on your back, may be asked of you for the day of and after your surgery (again depending on whether you had a partial or full thickness cornea transplant).

What happens if a corneal transplant is rejected?

Sometimes rejection can be managed without additional surgery with topical steroid or oral steroid medication, but if the transplant does not respond this way then another surgery may be indicated.

What is a partial corneal transplant?

A partial corneal transplant, or a DMEK/DSAEK procedure, replaces the innermost layer of the cornea. This can be used for any condition that affects this layer of the cornea.

Who needs corneal transplant?

Patients who have a cornea condition that cannot be optimized or managed conservatively may benefit from cornea transplants. This management varies depending on what the pathology or condition is.

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