Cornea Transplantation

What is a Cornea Transplant?

Your cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped most outer layer of your eye that accounts for a large part of your eye's focusing power. A cornea transplant (also known as a keratoplasty) is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon replaces part of your cornea with corneal tissue from a donor. This tissue can be obtained from eye banks within Turkey or from abroad.

Why is Cornea Transplantation performed?

A cornea transplant is most often performed to restore vision to a person who has a damaged cornea. A cornea transplant can restore vision, reduce pain and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea.

Which conditions are treated with a Cornea Transplant?

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

  • Corneal ulcers, including those caused by infection
  • Cornea scarring, caused by infection or injury
  • Fuchs' dystrophy
  • Thinning of the cornea
  • A cornea that bulges outward (keratoconus)
  • Clouding of the cornea
  • Swelling of the cornea
  • Complications caused by previous eye surgery

Things to know about your Operation:

Considering your condition (age, general health condition, the type of your eye disease etc.) you may be given general or local anesthetic. You will be asked to not have breakfast and take your regular medication with minimum amount of water. Drugs such as Aspirin which thins the blood will be asked to stop one week prior to the operation. Your doctor will explain all the details of the procedure that are spesific to your eye before the Operation

After the Transplant:

To prevent infection and red reaction, patients will be asked to use eye drops for a while after the operation. Apart from limiting heavy exercise and protecting your eye from direct impact (you may wear an eye patch) your daily activitis will not be impacted. Usual recovery time from the Operation is 1 week on average. You will have control examinations 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 6 months after the operation to ensure the success of the treatment.

For More Information:

For more information about receiving Cornea Transplant treatment at Memorial Hospitals you can contact us at internationalpatients@memorial.com.tr or simply fill out the form on this page, and a specialist will reach you with detailed information.

May 10, 2018