Cornea Transplant

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´╗┐Cornea Transplant

A cornea transplant (keratoplasty) is a surgical procedure to replace part of your cornea with corneal tissue from a donor. Your cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for a large part of your eye's focusing power.

A cornea transplant can restore vision, reduce pain and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea.

Most cornea transplant procedures are successful.

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Why it's done

A cornea transplant is most often used to restore vision to a person who has a damaged cornea. A cornea transplant may also relieve pain or other signs and symptoms associated with diseases of the cornea.

A number of conditions can be treated with a cornea transplant, including:

* A cornea that bulges outward (keratoconus)

* Fuchs' dystrophy

* Thinning of the cornea

* Cornea scarring, caused by infection or injury

* Clouding of the cornea

* Swelling of the cornea

* Corneal ulcers, including those caused by infection

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