Cornea Transplant Surgery
What is Cornea Transplant Surgery?
The cornea is the clear transparent window at the front of the eye through which light enters the eye so an image can be seen. Diseases of the cornea can result in loss of clarity of the cornea or alteration of the natural shape of the cornea. This can result in blurred or distorted vision. Some people also report seeing haloes or glare because of the diseased cornea.
Corneal transplants are done to replace the diseased cornea with a healthy cornea from a deceased donor. Corneal transplants are undertaken in people who have had inadequate improvement in vision with glasses or contact lenses or with medical or laser treatment. For example, people with keratoconus may seek corneal transplants to treat stage 3 keratoconus.
Types of corneal transplant
The cornea is divided into several layers which includes a thin front layer, a thick middle layer and a thin back layer. Given recent advances in corneal transplantation techniques, it is now possible to replace individual layers or the whole cornea.
The most commonly performed corneal transplants are divided into partial thickness (DALK or EK) and full thickness (PK).
During your consultation, you will have a complete assessment of your eye. You may also have scans done to determine which layer(s) of your cornea are affected. Mr. Ayoub will discuss your treatment options with you and guide you on the choice of transplant that is best suited to your corneal problem.
Mr. Ayoub is highly skilled in performing the different types of corneal transplants and will go through the steps of surgery and the recovery process from the surgery with you in detail during the consultation.