What is a Corneal Transplant?
The cornea, the transparent front window of the eye, refracts light so that you can see and focus. When the cornea is damaged, scarred, or swollen, vision may be blurry, hazy, or you might see glare. The cornea is remarkably resilient and able to heal from many minor abrasions, but sometimes the cornea cannot repair itself. In this case, your ophthalmologist may suggest a corneal transplant. When this procedure is performed at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, healthy cornea tissue from a human donor is used to replace the diseased or damaged cornea. Depending on the location and the severity of the damage, a part of or the entire cornea can be replaced. Contact our center in Napa, CA to discuss your options for cornea transplant with a board-certified ophthalmologist.
Who are the candidates for a corneal transplant?
Good candidates for corneal surgery typically have damaged corneal tissue due to injury or illness. Some conditions that might qualify you for a corneal transplant include:
- Fuch's dystrophy
- Corneal ulcers
Candidates must be in good general health, and their vision likely cannot be further improved with corrective lenses like glasses or contacts. To determine if you are a good candidate for corneal surgery and discuss all the risks and benefits of surgery, please consult one of our cornea specialists in Napa, CA.
What to expect during a corneal transplant
Before your surgery, you and your ophthalmologist will go over your general health and any medications you may be taking to ensure you are healthy enough for transplant surgery. The cornea transplant would be performed as an outpatient procedure at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley. Eye drops and a device to keep your eye open will be put in your eye. Your eye surgeon will use either local or general anesthesia during the procedure to ensure you feel no pain. After surgery, your ophthalmologist will tape a patch over your eye to keep the healing eye covered. In the days following your surgery, you will have to follow your ophthalmologist's aftercare instructions and return to the office for post-surgery appointments.
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Corneal Transplants FAQ
Where do donor corneas come from?
The tissue for your corneal transplant will come from a human organ donor. Prior to the transplant, the donor tissue will be carefully evaluated to ensure it is a good match for your eyes.
Is a corneal transplant painful?
During the procedure, our experienced team at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley will use a local anesthetic to ensure you feel little to no discomfort. Following surgery, you may experience some redness, tearing, and foreign body sensation in your eyes. These symptoms can be controlled with eye drops that our team will provide you for your recovery. Should you experience any more concerning symptoms following your corneal surgery in Napa, CA, then contact our team.
How long does it take to recover from a corneal transplant?
The timeframe for full recovery following your corneal surgery in Napa, CA, will depend partially on the type of corneal transplant performed. Most patients can return to their routine activities within 1-2 weeks after surgery. Your aftercare instructions may advise you to wait at least four weeks before performing strenuous activities like heavy lifting, rigorous exercise, or sports. Following your surgery, our team will go over after important aftercare instructions with you.
Clear Vision is Possible
If your cornea is damaged, a cornea transplant may be an option for helping to restore your vision. Talk to your ophthalmologist to learn what kinds of cornea transplant surgeries may be available to you, and consider Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley in Napa, CA for your surgical needs.