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Cornea Transplant

Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology located in Beverly Hills, CA & Torrance, CA

During a cornea transplant, your surgeon replaces a portion of your damaged corneal tissue with healthy donor tissue. This can restore your focus and overall vision. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology in Beverly Hills and Torrance, California, expert surgeons are ready to help. Click the online scheduler or call the office for a cornea transplant consultation today.

Cornea Transplant Q & A

What is a cornea transplant?

A cornea transplant removes part or all of your cornea and replaces 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 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 aren’t good candidates for donor tissue surgery. If that’s the case for you, an artificial cornea may be a good option. Your Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology surgeon will review all of the surgery options and materials with you well in advance of your cornea transplant.

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, for example, dry eye, before the surgery. For optimal results, you need to have the best eye health possible going into your cornea transplant.

For customized concierge services from the best ophthalmology practice, call Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology or book your appointment through the online tool now.