A cornea transplant is a procedure in which an unhealthy, scarred or damaged cornea is replaced with a healthy cornea from an organ donor. There are two main types of cornea transplant: full thickness transplant, or back layer transplant.
An unhealthy cornea affects your vision by scattering and distorting light, causing glare, and blurring your vision. A cornea transplant may be necessary to restore your functional vision.
A healthy cornea is essential for good vision. A cornea transplant may be necessary when glasses and contact lenses no longer aid in improving vision.
There are many conditions that can affect the clarity of your cornea, such as:
- Scarring from trichiasis (when eyelashes grow inward and scrape the cornea)
- Scarring from infections (eye herpes, fungal keratitis, etc.)
- Hereditary conditions such as Fuchs’ Dystrophy
- Thinning of the cornea and irregular cornea shape
- Rare complications from LASIK surgery
- Excessive swelling (edema) of the cornea
- Chemical burns of the cornea or damage from an eye injury
If you have a condition that may require a corneal transplant, call us at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin and Kyle. We partner with the best corneal transplant specialists in the Austin, TX area and can help you find the best option for the procedure.