ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORNEA TRANSPLANT (KERATOPLASTY)
A cornea transplant, also called keratoplasty or corneal graft, is a surgery to remove a damaged cornea and replace it with healthy tissue from an organ donor. The new cornea comes from people who decided to donate this tissue when they died.
A cornea transplant can effectively improve vision, relieve pain, treat severe infection or trauma.
Usually, this surgery is considered when your cornea is damaged to a point where the vision or other symptoms can no longer be improved with glasses, contact lenses, or any medical treatment.
WHAT IS THE CORNEA?
The cornea is the clear, outermost layer at the front of our eyes. It is literally the “windshield” of our eyes.
The cornea allows light rays to pass through the eyeball, focusing right to the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye.
When the cornea is damaged, it gets cloudy or misshapen. This can prevent light from reaching the retina, causing blurred vision and even blindness.