Corneal Transplants

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Corneal TransplantsWhat is a corneal transplant?

The cornea is the clear outer layer of the eye. It can become scarred or swollen which requires replacement for clear vision. A corneal transplant can be either a lamellar (layered) or full thickness transplant. The transplanted healthy donor tissue replaces the damaged layer of the patient’s cornea.

Why is it done?

To improve vision, reduce pain and/or repair damage to the existing cornea following infection, trauma or a number of chronic corneal diseases.

What is the process?

Once you and your ophthalmologist agree you need a corneal transplant, your name is put on the surgeon’s waitlist. The surgery is prioritized based on patient need. Under either general or local anesthetic, the surgeon replaces the damaged cornea with the healthy tissue.

Please refer to the Patient Guide Before Eye Surgery – English or French. Should you have questions regarding any information on the instructions, call the Preoperative Assessment Clinic at 204-788-8531.

After surgery you will be given specific printed post-operative information. Refer to the instruction guidelines following corneal graft surgery – English or French.

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