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A cornea transplant, also known as keratoplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace part of your cornea with donor corneal tissue. The cornea is the transparent, dome-shaped surface of your eye that accounts for a great part of your eye’s focusing power.

This transplant can restore vision, improve the appearance of damaged or diseased corneas and reduce pain. As with all surgeries cornea transplants carry a risk of complications, such as rejection of the donor cornea.

Why it is done

A number of conditions can be treated with a cornea transplant, including:

  • Clouding of the cornea
  • Keratoconus (a cornea that bulges outward)
  • Corneal ulcers, including those caused by infection
  • Fuchs’ dystrophy
  • Thinning of the cornea
  • Cornea scarring, often caused by injury or infection
  • Swelling of the cornea
  • Complications due to a previous eye surgery

Signs and symptoms of cornea rejection:

In some cases, your body’s immune system may mistakenly attack the donor cornea. This is called rejection, and it may require medical treatment or another cornea transplant. Make an appointment with your Vision Associates eye doctor if you notice any signs and symptoms of rejection, such as:

  • Loss of vision
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light