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Cornea transplants are one of the most commonly performed transplant procedures. More than 3,000 corneal transplants are performed each year in Australia.
Vision Clinic Sydney offers several of these surgeries to our patients. To find out more about corneal transplant surgery in Sydney as a treatment and if this can help you, contact us to book a consultation.
A corneal transplant, also known as a corneal graft, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced with a healthy donor cornea. The donor cornea is usually taken from a deceased donor.
The surgery is performed by a subspecialist cornea surgeon and involves the removal of the damaged cornea and the insertion of the donor cornea. Cornea transplants are typically performed to treat corneal diseases such as keratoconus, Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy, and corneal scarring.
There are several types of corneal transplant surgeries, some of which are:
It is important to care for your eyes after a corneal transplant for optimal outcomes.
The following are restrictions post-surgery. The duration of these depend on the type of surgery that you undergo.
The risks associated with a cornea transplant include:
If a cornea transplant has been rejected, you may experience some signs and symptoms such as
If you experience any of these signs and symptoms, it is important to contact your eye doctor immediately. They can then evaluate the eye to determine if the transplant has been rejected and take the necessary steps to address the issue.
The cost of corneal transplant surgery may depend on the severity of the condition. After a full consultation with Dr. Kumar, you will be provided with a detailed quotation.
Please contact us directly or book a consultation to find out more about our prices.
Dr Nikhil Kumar has a long-standing admiration for the complexities of the eye, leading him to pursue ophthalmology as a specialty. He was awarded a degree in Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1998 and went on to finish his specialised training in ophthalmology at the Sydney Eye Hospital in 2008. He completed a subspecialty cornea and refractive fellowship in 2009 at the University of Toronto, Canada.
His area of expertise includes cataract surgery, refractive surgery (laser vision correction), keratoconus, and corneal transplantation. He has performed complex cornea surgery and served as a subspecialist cornea surgeon both in private practice and at Liverpool Hospital for over a decade now.
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