Traditional Corneal Transplant for Corneal Diseases

    Traditional corneal transplant consists in replacing the whole central cornea with a new cornea coming from a donor

    Full-depth corneal transplant is performed today less and less, in favour of the most modern lamellar corneal transplant techniques, that are: advanced keratoconus and full-depth corneal scars.

    Vision recovery after full-depth corneal transplant is a gradual process and usually takes up no more than 10-12 months..

    This kind of transplant is the first corneal transplant technique that has ever been performed. Is it still the most widespread technique worldwide. It consists in replacing a central full-depth portion of the damaged cornea with a healthy cornea coming from a donor.

    Today, it is possible to perform corneal transplant with a Femtosecond Laser, in order to achieve a higher precision while cutting corneas.

    During corneal transplant post-op it is important to schedule checkup appointments every 30-60 days for the first 12 months. Suture is usually removed after 6-18 months.

    10-15% of patients experience rejections that can usually be treated pharmacologically, without having the need to perform another transplant surgery. Rejection risk is always present during the whole patient’s lifespan: this is why it is of great importance to immediately check every strange event, even a seemingly harmless red eye.

    Dr. Badalà performs corneal transplant with corneal tissues coming from the Veneto Mestre Corneal Bank and Monza Corneal Bank. We suggest to undergo corneal transplant only in specialized centers where lamellar transplant is a viable option.
    Dr. Badalà performs cornela transplant in Milan and Catania and works together with the most important corneal centers.