The cornea is the clear tissue in the front of the eye. A corneal transplant is the surgical procedure that replaces an unhealthy cornea with a healthy donor cornea. Corneal transplantation is one of the most frequently performed human transplants. The procedure has benefited patients ranging in age from newborn to 103 years old.
Common reasons for corneal transplants
- Eye disease
- Injuries to the cornea
- Misshapen corneas
- Birth defects and congenital diseases
- Complications following cataract surgery
In addition to the cornea, the sclera (the white of the eye) can also be transplanted to assist with glaucoma and other surgeries.