Review Intervention with Artificial corneal transplant

Patient's problem: Corneal diseases

Solution: Artificial corneal transplant

Antonio Preziosi


Micro Chirurgia Oculare

I am Antonio Preziosi from Rome, a 54 year old man, diabetic since I was a child and on dialysis for many years. Unfortunately, my sight has also been greatly affected by these health problems: many years ago I lost the sight in my right eye due to a retinal hemorrhage. The left eye, however, was saved from diabetic retinopathy in time thanks to laser therapy carried out in the early nineties. I went several years with very limited but sufficient vision. Unfortunately, 3 years ago a corneal ulcer appeared which within a few months compromised what little vision I had. I was operated on twice in Rome with the aim of repairing the diseased cornea with placental membrane; although the goal had been achieved, I was told in no uncertain terms that there was nothing left for me to do other than use "compassionate" therapies. I had to accept the fact that I had become completely blind but inside I didn't want to give up! Together with my wife I looked for someone to ask at least another opinion and, fortunately, I found this person in professor Federico Badala'. I had read that the professor performed all types of corneal transplants but especially the Boston keratoprosthesis and I hoped that there was some possibility for me too. After careful visits and an ultrasound, the professor announced to me the feasibility of the Boston keratoprosthesis surgery, naturally explaining to me with realism and sincerity that my case was very difficult and that success was neither a given nor without risks. The fateful day finally arrived, October 10, 2018. The surgery went very well, very little pain and no problems with the anesthesia, which is no small feat for a dialysis patient. In the evening the professor came to unbandage me and to my great joy, I could see again! At the beginning I only saw shapes and colors but as the days went by it got better and better, until I was able to read and move independently again. I therefore wholeheartedly thank Professor Badala' for the professionalism and humanity shown towards me and for giving me back the joy of sight after 2 years of darkness and great suffering due to not being able to see, above all, the faces of loved ones. I obviously thank all his staff and the structure connected to him.