You think a cornea transplant might work for you, but you wonder if you’re a good candidate for this procedure. Well, there are a number of factors that you should consider when determining whether a cornea transplant is right for you.
First, you should only have this procedure performed by an experienced surgeon who has training in working with the cornea. This is a very serious surgical procedure, and it is very delicate. In fact, this procedure is referred to as microsurgical. This is because of how difficult it is to perform and the level of detail that is needed on the microscopic level to make this surgery work.
Approximately 50,000 cornea transplants are done in the United States each year. Ninety-five percent of successful cornea transplant operations restore the patient’s vision. Our doctor may recommend a cornea transplant because your vision is impaired due to cornea damage or disease. Some people experience cornea failure after cataract surgery. Others have a steep curve in their cornea or are dealing with hereditary issues. Some may have developed scarring as a result of an infection. Other people may have had an injury.
The cornea is a clear lens in front of the eye that goes around the colored part of your iris and your pupil. Your cornea is what focuses light so that you can see. If your cornea becomes damaged, the clarity of your vision may be lost. Or your vision may become distorted and you may see things with a glare.
During the cornea transplant, our doctor is going to use a microscope to remove a piece of your cornea using a special instrument. The doctor will set the new cornea in place and attach it until your eye completely heals.
Cornea transplants are ambulatory procedures, and you go home on the same day. The best candidates for cornea transplants are those who are healthy and who are free of diseases that could lead to complications. You should be well-informed about the procedure. Most people experience improved vision after a cornea transplant.