Understanding Corneal Surgery

Corneal Surgery is needed when the cornea becomes damaged, scarred, swollen, or becomes irregularly shaped. This causes the cornea to scatter and distort light, resulting in blurred or glared vision. Conditions that require Corneal Surgery include:

  • Cloudy surface areas or scarring that interferes with vision
  • Acute corneal injuries
  • Refractive errors causing vision problems
  • Traumatic injury or disease with a corneal transplant

Corneal transplants are needed when damage to the cornea cannot be treated satisfactorily using other medical approaches. The diseased or injured cornea is replaced with a donor corneal tissue typically donated from an eye bank. Corneal transplants are very common in the United States with approximately 40,000 being performed each year. The outcome for corneal surgery is usually very good and transplanted corneas have a long life expectancy. Most people who undergo corneal transplants are pleased with the results.

Corneal surgery is performed by an ophthalmologist and is usually done on an outpatient basis in a same day surgery center. An eye patch may is typically put on after surgery and will need to be worn for about 1 -4 days. Patients can expect restored vision after the healing process is complete. In some patients, this might take as long as a year.

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