Corneal Transplant Surgery

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CORNEAL SURGERY

Treatment for any corneal disease should be sought immediately. Several nonsurgical measures can prolong vision in early stages of the disease, but when the cornea is damaged and won’t heal, cornea transplant surgery is necessary to restore vision. 

Corneal Transplants Doctors

Cornea Transplant Surgery at Sabates Eye Centers

Cornea transplant surgery, also known as corneal grafting, involves replacing a damaged or diseased cornea with donated corneal tissue, either partially (lamellar keratoplasty) or entirely (penetrating keratoplasty). The surgery usually lasts about one to two hours. 

 

The majority of cornea transplants result in significant improvement in visual function for many years or a lifetime. In cases of rejection or transplant failure, the surgery can generally be repeated.

  • Over 95 percent of cornea transplants are successful.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Over 95 percent of cornea transplants are successful.

  • In 1905, the first cornea transplant was performed.

    CORNEAL TRANSPLANT: OVERVIEW

  • Cornea eye transplant specialist Dr. Katie J. Macaluso, M.D., - Sabates Eye Centers.

    CORNEA TRANSPLANT SURGEON

    Dr. Katie J. Macaluso, M.D. – Dr. Macaluso sees patients at the Independence, Leawood, Northland and Plaza Centers, and at the Truman Medical Center – University Health and Lakewood locations.

For emergency or time sensitive appointments, call 913-261-2020
or 1-800-742-0020 (toll free).

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AFTER YOUR CORNEA TRANSPLANT SURGERY

After your surgery, your eye will probably be irritated and sensitive to light and you may tear up or have slight discharge. Use a pain reliever such as Tylenol to relieve these symptoms, but please consult with your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication. You will also be prescribed eye drops to help with inflammation and to fight infection.

 

You won’t be able to feel your sutures. How long they remain in your eye depends on your body’s individual healing process. Some people have them for months, and some people will have them for years. Everyone is different. During this time, your vision should gradually improve. 

 

You will be fitted with a patch and/or metal shield after your surgery, which will likely be removed at your follow-up appointment the days following your surgery. Do not remove the patch or shield, even for showering or sleeping.

 

It’s typically recommended that you wait several days before driving and you must arrange transportation to and from your surgery, and also to and from your follow-up appointment. Usually, you can return to work or school within a few days, but speak with your ophthalmologist about your lifestyle and follow his or her recommendation. 

Cornea Transplant Resources 

Cornea Donation FAQs