Most people who have radial keratotomy (RK) surgery
gradually become more farsighted for at least 8 to 10 years after surgery. This
is called the hyperopic shift. It is not clear what causes
the shift, how long it may continue, or how significant it may become.
The effect of the hyperopic shift depends on the person's age and whether
the person is nearsighted or farsighted after the surgery:
During a cornea transplant, an eye surgeon removes a portion of your cornea and replaces it with a new section of cornea from a donor.
The procedure is also called a corneal transplant or a keratoplasty. About 40,000 cornea transplants are performed in the U.S. every year.
You may need a cornea transplant if your cornea no longer lets light enter your eye properly because of scarring or disease.