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Corneal transplant involves removing the central area of a patient’s cornea and replacing it with a new cornea from a donor. The surgery is a same-day outpatient procedure that usually takes less than an hour and is performed under sedation. Once the damaged cornea is removed, the surgeon stitches the transplanted cornea in place.
An eye patch and shield are used to protect the eye after surgery until the post-operative appointment the following day. Strenuous physical activity should be limited until healing has occurred. Subsequent clinic visits are scheduled to assess healing and remove the sutures as needed. Although full visual recovery can take a year or more, the eye is comfortable in about a week.
For more information, or to find out if you are a candidate for this procedure, please call: