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Corneal Transplant Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

If you experience eye pain, cloudy vision, or blurry vision, you might have a problem with your cornea. Board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center, with two convenient locations in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, offer a variety of cornea surgeries, including corneal transplants, to restore your vision and eye health. Schedule a consultation with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Center by phone or online to learn more.

Corneal Transplant Q & A

What is a corneal transplant?

Your cornea is the clear, front part of your eye. It protects the eyes against germs, dirt, other particles, and damaging UV light. If your cornea gets damaged, it can negatively affect your vision and eye health. A cornea transplant is a surgical procedure in which your ophthalmologist replaces your cornea with healthy cornea tissue from a donor.

Why might I need a corneal transplant?

You may require a corneal transplant if you experience eye pain, cloudy vision, or blurry vision. Cornea damage can result from

  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Infections
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Previous eye surgery 

To find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, your eye doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history, completes a comprehensive eye exam and vision testing, and might recommend you undergo imaging procedures. 

If your condition doesn’t resolve with other treatments, a cornea transplant might be for you.

How should I prepare for a corneal transplant?

Follow your eye doctor’s instructions prior to getting a cornea transplant. Avoid taking certain medications prior to your appointment if your doctor recommends it, and arrange for someone to drive you home afterward.

What happens during a corneal transplant procedure?

Your new cornea comes from a deceased organ donor. It undergoes extensive testing to ensure optimal safety. Right before the procedure, you’re given local numbing anesthesia with sedation so you don’t feel any pain.

Your eye surgeon carefully removes the damaged part of your cornea, replaces it with the donor tissue, and closes the incision. Corneal transplants generally take less than two hours to complete.

What happens after my surgery?

After corneal surgery, you rest in a recovery area until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead to head home. However, someone must drive you. 

For the first few days post-surgery, expect your eyes to feel a little bit irritated, red, or sensitive to light. Get plenty of rest and take medications as prescribed, including oral medicine, eye drops, or ointments.

Wear an eye patch and avoid strenuous activities until you’re cleared to do otherwise. You might have to position yourself on your back for a few days after surgery, depending on which type of procedure your doctor uses. Avoid rubbing your eyes or wearing contacts until your eyes heal.

Attend all follow-up appointments with your surgeon so they can monitor your eye health during the healing process. 

At the first sign of vision problems or eye pain, schedule an evaluation with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center by phone or online to find out a cornea transplant is right for you.