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Keratoplasty Eye Surgery: Risks and Effectiveness

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 12:17 AM

Keratoplasty eye surgery is done for people who are suffering from a bad cornea. During this surgery, the healthy tissue of the donor’s cornea replaces the abnormal tissue of the host cornea. It is a cornea transplantation surgery that has been performed for the past 100 years. When it comes to transplant procedures, keratoplasty eye surgery (ALK) is the most common as well as successful surgery and therefore it ensures that a person’s vision is intact.
Keratoplasty eye surgery is of two types:
  • Penetrating keratoplasty eye surgery is for full thickness
  • Lamellar or deep lamellar keratoplasty eye surgery is for partial thickness

Risks to Vision After Keratoplasty Eye Surgery

The risks for the eye after keratoplasty eye surgery are several and there are a few complications that can occur after cornea transplantation. Vision cannot be risked, and tremendous importance should be given to this procedure done on the eye.

The following risks should be kept in mind while performing keratoplasty eye surgery:
  • If the immune system of the patient recognizes that the donated cornea is a foreign body, it will attack it. This risk can occur after a few weeks or after a few months also. As soon as it starts, steroid eye drops can be used to cure it and protect vision. The symptoms of this risk are irritation for bright lights, red eye, and pain in the eye.
The other risks for the eye and vision include:
  • Glaucoma: the trapped fluid creates pressure in the eye causing risk to the eye and vision
  • Retinal detachment: the retina is the thin line that is present at the back of the eye. It may get detached from the blood vessels that are responsible for providing the eye with oxygen and nutrients
  • Astigmatism happens when the shape of the cornea gets affected.
  • Uveitis occurs when the middle layer of the eye swells.
  • The wounds of the surgery may reopen affecting the eye and vision.
  • An internal infection from surgery wounds may occur, posing risk.
  • The keratoconus may return, thereby affecting the eye and vision.
Effectiveness of Keratoplasty Eye Surgery

The highest rate of success in patients who get this surgery done is witnessed in adolescents. These transplants were marked as successful keratoplasty eye surgeries when there was improvement in the quality of vision and the donated cornea remained healthy for a decade or more. Keratoplasty eye surgery is a transplant surgery that improves vision and cures the eye from a bad cornea.

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Keratoplasty eye surgery is a cornea transplant surgery that improves vision and cures the eye from a bad cornea. It is said be successful in restoring vision almost all the time. In rare cases, there are risk factors involved that can also be treated if recognized at early stages.
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