Corneal Transplant

Corneal Transplant

During a corneal transplant, a Temple ophthalmologist removes all or part of a patient's cornea and replaces it with healthy corneal tissue from a donor.

The cornea is a dome-shaped layer that covers the pupil and iris. A healthy cornea is necessary in order to see clearly. When the cornea becomes damaged or diseased, severe vision loss can occur. A corneal transplant is a proven way to restore vision, reduce pain and fix the appearance of an abnormal cornea.

A corneal transplant is performed in the operating room and lasts about an hour. Depending on the type and severity of the corneal problem, Temple offers two surgical options:

  • In penetrating keratoplasty (PKP), a Temple ophthalmologist cuts away the full thickness of the unhealthy cornea and replaces it with donor tissue. PKP is an ideal treatment for corneal scarring, swelling, keratoconus, or complications from prior eye surgeries.
  • In some cases, the surgeon will remove and replace only the inner layer of corneal cells. This procedure, called Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DESK), is the preferred treatment for Fuchs' Dystrophy and pseudophakic bullous keratopathy. Because the dome-shaped outer cornea is not affected, DSEK patients tend to heal and recover their vision more quickly.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple ophthalmologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).