Penetrating keratoplasty is a procedure that is carried out if the full thickness of the cornea is affected by disease or trauma. It involves the removal and replacement of the whole cornea. This is stitched into place using stiches of 20 microns (40% the thickness of human hair).
The operation is performed under a general or local anaesthetic and takes about an hour.
This surgery should improve your vision but may take up to 18 months before full improvement is realised.
After the operation, you can usually go home the same day. You will be seen again within one week and regularly thereafter (around six visits in the first year). You will need to take about two weeks off work and use anti-rejection eye drops for at least six months. Individual stiches may be removed from three months after the operation but complete stitch removal will be around one-year after the operation.
Your surgeon will discuss all the benefits and risks in full at your consultation. At The McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications.
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