Your cornea is a clear tissue that covers the front of each eye. Light entering your eye first passes through the cornea, then your pupil (the dark spot at the center of the colored iris), and then your lens. The cornea must remain clear for you to see properly. However, a number of problems can damage the cornea, including disease or injury, affecting your vision.
Corneal surgery includes most refractive surgeries, as well as corneal transplant surgery, which involves replacing a cloudy or diseased cornea with a donor transplant. During a cornea transplant, an eye surgeon removes a portion of your cornea and replaces it with a new section of cornea from a donor. The procedure is also called a corneal transplant or a keratoplasty.
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About 40,000 cornea transplants are performed in the U.S. every year. You may need a cornea transplant if your cornea no longer lets light enter your eye properly because of scarring or disease. Experts know more about the long-term success rates of penetrating cornea transplants, which use all the layers of the cornea. Success rates are also affected by the problem that needed to be fixed with the transplant.
Regular eye exams are the best way to detect such conditions early and address them before they develop into more serious problems. To schedule an eye exam or a consultation for cornea surgery, call 321-727-2020.