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Surgery could improve your vision if the cornea has become diseased, causing your vision to become less clear. Book online today.
The cornea is the transparent (clear), dome-shaped outer layer in front of the black pupil and coloured iris.
Sometimes the cornea can become diseased, causing it to become less clear. This affects your vision.
Three common causes need surgery:
Corneal transplant surgery could improve your vision.
If you have endothelial decompensation, eye drops may be helpful.
The operation usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Your surgeon will remove the centre part of your diseased cornea and replace it with a part of a cornea from a donor (someone who has died).
Your surgeon may replace all of your cornea (penetrating keratoplasty), the outer layers (deep lamellar keratoplasty) or just the inner layer (endothelial keratoplasty).
Your surgeon will use small stitches to seal your eye.
Do not swim or lift anything heavy until you have checked with your surgeon. Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.
Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice. Most people make a good recovery.
It may take up to 2 years for your vision to improve. You may need to have an operation to change the shape of the cornea.
The healthcare team will arrange for you to come back to the clinic regularly, so they can check that the transplant is healing well and for signs of rejection.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some levels of risks to consider. Some of these can be serious and can even cause death.
However, you can speak to your doctor about the following general and specific complications that may worry you.
General complications of any operation
Specific complications of this operation
Disease of the cornea is a common problem that causes the transparent outer layer of the front of your eye to become less clear.
If other treatments do not help, a corneal transplant can be performed by one of our leading ophthalmic surgeons to improve your vision.
Book your appointment online today.