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The cornea is the clear tissue in the front of the eye. Its purpose is to protect the inner eye and act as a camera lens, bending light rays to allow for better vision. Unfortunately, if this tissue is damaged, thinned, or weakened due to injury or disease, it may be necessary for patients to undergo corneal transplant. The cornea transplant allows a medical professional at Eye Care Institute to replace the damaged cornea with a healthy, donor cornea.

What happens during the corneal transplant procedure?

Before the procedure begins, the doctor will administer either general anesthesia or local anesthesia to numb the area based on the patient’s needs and desires. Using a surgical microscope, the doctor will carefully remove the damaged cornea and place the new, clear donor cornea. The procedure is done quickly in our office and allows for patients to go home the same day to recover. As with any surgical procedure, there are complications and risks involved, so it is important for patients to speak to their doctor about what to expect during the healing process. Patients are urged to follow the aftercare instructions given to them at the office to reduce the risk of problems such as infection. Many patients will use eye drops for several days following the procedure to reduce the chance of tissue rejection and facilitate faster healing.

What can I expect during the healing process?

It is essential that patients work with their doctor to protect their eyes from damage or complications following the procedure. Patients can expect their vision to be blurry for up to 12 weeks after their procedure as the eye heals. At this point, patients will enjoy the full benefits of their procedure and see clearer than before. Eye drops should be used as directed. Most patients typically return to their normal activities including work approximately 1 to 2 weeks post-surgery.

Schedule a consultation with the team at Eye Care Institute today!

Call (707) 546-9800 to request a consultation visit with one of our professionals at our three conveniently located offices. Our team is committed to providing the best care possible for patients in the community of Sonoma County.

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