(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
- 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, like:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners
- 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—You will stay awake.
- General anesthesia —You will be asleep.
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Continue to wear the eye patch until your doctor instructs you to remove it.
- Use eye drops as prescribed.
- Wear glasses during the day, and wear a shield to protect your eye at night.
- Protect your eye from accidental bumps or pokes.
- Do not rub or press on your eye.
- Do not swim until allowed by your doctor.
- Avoid contact sports.
- Do not drive until your doctor gives you permission.
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. 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 June 27, 2013.
Corneal transplants. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/corneal%5Ftransplantation/eye%5Foverview.aspx. Accessed June 27, 2013.
Corneal transplants. National Keratoconus Foundation website. Available at: http://www.nkcf.org/corneal-transplants. Accessed June 27, 2013.
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 June 27, 2013.
Frequently asked questions. Eye Bank Association of America website. Available at: http://www.restoresight.org/about-us/frequently-asked-questions/. Accessed June 27, 2013.
New advance in cornea transplantation. Duke Health website. Available at: http://www.dukehealth.org/eye%5Fcenter/health%5Flibrary/news/new%5Fadvance%5Fin%5Fcornea%5Ftransplantation. Updated July 10, 2009. Accessed June 27, 2013.
- Reviewer: Eric L. Berman, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 00/12/2014 -