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During a cornea transplant, your eye surgeon replaces a portion of your damaged corneal tissue with healthy donor tissue, which can restore your focus and overall vision. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, our board-certified eye surgeons are ready to help. Click the online scheduler or call the office for a cornea transplant consultation today.

What is a cornea transplant?

A cornea transplant is a surgery in which we remove part or all of your damaged cornea and replace it with a healthy donor cornea. Only a highly qualified ophthalmologist with specific experience in cornea transplants can perform this advanced procedure. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, the surgeons have more than three decades of experience.

When do I need a cornea transplant?

You may need a cornea transplant if you have significant cornea damage caused by a condition like keratoconus. Some patients may need a cornea transplant due to corneal scarring from previous eye surgery, or because of scarring caused by an eye infection. If your cornea prevents clear vision, a transplant procedure may be the ideal solution.

What are the different types of cornea transplants?

There are many variations of cornea transplant surgery. These include:

Full-thickness transplant

In a full-thickness corneal transplant, your surgeon removes all layers of your cornea and replaces them with the donor tissue.

Partial-thickness transplant

With a partial thickness cornea transplant, your surgeon removes the front and center layers of your cornea but leaves the natural back layer intact. They then replace the removed layers of the cornea with the donor tissue.

Endothelial keratoplasty

During endothelial keratoplasty, your surgeon removes only the innermost layer of your cornea, the endothelium, because your other cornea tissue is healthy. Your surgeon replaces the endothelium with the donor tissue.

Usually, your surgeon uses donor tissue in cornea transplants. But some patients are not good candidates for donor tissue surgery. If that is the case for you, an artificial cornea may be a good option. Your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology surgeon will review all the surgery options and materials with you well in advance of your cornea transplant.

Why choose Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology for a cornea transplant?

Few things are more critical to your quality of life than your ability to see clearly. Vision impacts every aspect of your life, and the only way to ensure successful treatment is by selecting a highly qualified eye surgeon. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, our surgeons have over three decades of experience and maintain what is arguably the top ophthalmology team in Beverly Hills.

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We stay on the cutting edge of scientific advancement in the treatment of eye disease and take a caring, personal approach with each patient. Our team has garnered a reputation for excellence through thousands of successful procedures over the decades – we know what we are doing and are here to help you. For customized concierge services from the best ophthalmology practice, call Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or book your appointment through the online tool now.

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How do I get ready for my cornea transplant?

You may need to make some special preparations before your cornea transplant, including discontinuing medications like blood thinners temporarily. Additionally, you may need to treat other eye conditions (such as dry eye) before undergoing surgery. For optimal results, you need to have the best eye health possible going into your cornea transplant.

What is the recovery time after a cornea transplant?

Your recovery time will depend on how fast your body heals and which form of cornea transplant surgery you undergo. Most patients return to their regular routines within one to two weeks, though full vision clarity often requires further healing time. Your surgeon will advise you with all the needed post-operative care and recovery before undergoing a cornea transplant.

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