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What eye problems can a corneal transplant treat?

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  • The light rays that pass through a damaged cornea can get distorted and change your vision. A corneal transplant corrects several eye problems, including: Corneal scarring due to an injury or infection
  • Corneal ulcers or sores from an infection
  • A medical condition that makes your cornea bulge out (a.k.a. keratoconus)
  • Thinning, clouding, or swelling of the cornea
  • Inherited eye diseases, such as Fuchs' dystrophy and others
  • Problems caused by an earlier eye operation

Your doctor will let you know which specific procedure works best for your condition.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "About Corneal Transplantation," "Corneal Transplant Surgery Options," "What to Expect When You Have a Corneal Transplant."

University of Iowa Health Care, EyeRounds.org: "Information for Patients," "Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)," "Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)."

Mayo Clinic: "Cornea Transplant: Definition," "Cornea Transplant: Risks."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease."

"Corneal Transplant Surgery: A Guide for Patients," University of Michigan, January 2008.

Tim Root, Virtual Eye Professor: "Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Eye."

UCLA Health: "Corneal Transplant."

Cornea Research Foundation of America: "Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK & DMEK)."

National Keratoconus Foundation: "About Corneal Transplant Surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on June 13, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "About Corneal Transplantation," "Corneal Transplant Surgery Options," "What to Expect When You Have a Corneal Transplant."

University of Iowa Health Care, EyeRounds.org: "Information for Patients," "Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)," "Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)."

Mayo Clinic: "Cornea Transplant: Definition," "Cornea Transplant: Risks."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About the Cornea and Corneal Disease."

"Corneal Transplant Surgery: A Guide for Patients," University of Michigan, January 2008.

Tim Root, Virtual Eye Professor: "Chapter 2: Anatomy of the Eye."

UCLA Health: "Corneal Transplant."

Cornea Research Foundation of America: "Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK & DMEK)."

National Keratoconus Foundation: "About Corneal Transplant Surgery."

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on June 13, 2017

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