The cornea is the clear, protective outer layer of the eye. It serves as a shield, preventing germs, dirt, and other particles from damaging the eye. The cornea is also integral to the eye’s ability to focus.
In spite of the cornea’s remarkable strength and durability, scarring or discoloration can interfere with vision if it is damaged by disease, infection, or injury.
What does cornea surgery entail?
You will most likely be awake during corneal transplant surgery. You will get medicine to relax you and you will receive local anesthesia (numbing medicine) injected around your eye to block pain and prevent eye movement during the surgery.
How long should the surgery take?
The surgery time varies by the type of transplant. Regardless, you will go home that day. However, you should plan on being at the surgery center for 3-4 hours. During this time, we will review necessary forms, provide pre-operative care, conduct the surgical procedure and provide post-operative care.
What should I expect after surgery?
The recovery time for a corneal transplant is determined by the type of transplant.
You will be able to resume your normal routine in 1-2 weeks after surgery, however your vision will still be blurry. You will also need to avoid heavy lifting for about 4 weeks, or until your doctor says it is okay.
It’s important to take good care of your eye to improve your chances of a good recovery. You should avoid activities like contact sports and swimming until your doctor says it’s safe.