The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer and protects it from dirt, germs and other unwelcome particles that everyday life hurls at us.
Although it may seem rather inconsequential, it is in fact a highly organised tissue. Unlike most tissue in the body, the cornea contains no blood vessels to nourish or protect it against infection. Instead, the cornea receives its nourishment from tears and the aqueous humor (a fluid in the front part of the eye that lies behind the cornea). Small scratches or minor injuries it can handle.
However more serious injuries, some allergies, a few inherited conditions and a raft of diseases with increasingly bizarre names may make surgical intervention (corneal transplantation) necessary.
In a corneal transplant procedure, also known as cornea grafting, the surgeon replaces the damaged part of the cornea with healthy donor corneal tissue to help restore vision and, in some circumstances, to treat corneal scarring.
The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, however there is no need for an overnight stay and you’ll be able to go home an hour or so after the procedure.
A particularly specialised precision instrument is used to remove the diseased part of your cornea, and the donor cornea is prepared to the exact size, is then carefully sutured in place with fine stitches, or sometimes no sutures are required.
Following your procedure, an eye pad and protective shield will be placed over your eye. Once your anaesthetic has worn off you’ll be able to go home, and we’ll arrange a follow up appointment the next day.
Got any questions? We’re here to make things super clear. The corneal transplant procedure is a safe and effective procedure provided by our specialist surgeons at our Re:Vision clinic in Auckland. Contact our friendly team. They’re here to help.
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