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Corneal Transplant – Full Thickness (PK)
- The cornea at the front of the eye has lost clarity, blurring vision
- The entire central cornea is replaced with clear donor cornea.
- Surgery may be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
- The new cornea is sewn in place using very fine stitches.
- Cataract surgery, if necessary, is usually performed separately.
- Surgery takes about 90 minutes, in most cases
- You will be discharged a few hours after surgery
What to expect
- You can remove the eye pad the next day
- The vision will be reduced the next day
- Watery discharge, pain, grittiness or discomfort is normal the first week after surgery
- You need to use drops as prescribed after surgery
- Stitches may remain in place for up to 18 months
- You will not change glasses for approximately 3 months after surgery and advised when it is appropriate to do so.
- Refrain from swimming for a period of 1 month after surgery
- The stitch may require a re-tensioning in the first month after surgery
- Avoid injury to the eye – it is weaker, and injury could rupture the eyeball
- NEVER rub the eye: Repeated rubbing may cause warpage to the cornea
- Removal of the stitches, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery or repeat corneal graft may be needed at any time
- Continued care is required to reduce the risk of transplant failure
- Failure to follow medical advice may affect the life of the transplant