Corneal Transplant


What is the cornea?

Cornea is dome-shaped part that located at the front part of the eye. It is transparent tissue that break the light to convey the image on the retina as well as eye protection from the impact of external effects. Colored part of the eye that located directly behind the cornea called the iris.

What are the functions of the cornea?

One of the most important function of the cornea is contributing of vision where it contributes to light refraction and focus it to positioned on the retina. Cornea protects the eye from external effects because it locates in the first layer of the eye. The cornea consists of renewable layer (called ectoderm) such as hair and nails, so it replenished constantly.

What is the corneal transplant?

When there is a defect in the form and transparent of cornea due to various diseases, then it does not refract light and the vision become not clear. In this case, the candidate can do corneal transplant. The medical name for the corneal transplant is keratoplasty. In corneal transplant, the eradicated cornea is replaced by new one. New cornea has provided from the cornea bank.

Who is a good candidate for corneal transplant?

– After losing the transparency of the cornea and lack of vision for satisfactory reasons or other reasons. The patient can overcome this problem by corneal transplant.
– Excessive curvature in the cornea (keratoconus) where the shape of the cornea is not correct, the corneal transplant is possible in this case.
– Some cases of corneal diseases that occur due to genetic reasons.
– Infection in the cornea or the result of a wound or scar in it.
– Injury exposure to cornea.
Blood vessels and nerves behind the eye must be healthy before corneal transplant.

How corneal transplant operation is performed?

With the advancement of technology nowadays it is possible to remove the cornea and replace it with healthy one by laser. The surgeon provides 6-9 mm diameter of the donor cornea tissue. Damaged parts of cornea are replaced by healthy ones at same shape and size of the old cornea. All stages of this procedure is performed by IntraLase without surgery. The most important advantages of corneal transplant by IntraLase are not harming the other tissues and prospect of cornea rejecting by the donor’s body is low. Corneal transplant is performed under local anesthesia, however, it may require the general anesthesia depending on doctor’s opinion.

The patient has to pay attention after corneal transplant to the following:

– The eye must be protected after corneal transplant directly from external shocks and traumas.
– Attention to the eye cleaning and not rub the eye in the first period after the operation.
– Take the medication and eye drops that prescribed by the doctor.
– If there are pain in the eye, light sensitivity, redness and lack in vision after corneal transplant, it may be rejection of the new cornea. It may happen after the operation. In this case, the patient should consult the doctor immediately, because early intervention contributes of the case improvement.

Corneal transplant with Instaclinic

Many visitors come to our country to have corneal transplant operations from abroad. Turkey’s “Medical Tourism” services are offered under packages. Those packages include; treatment, accommodation and transfer services are available within the city.
Corneal transplant operation requires 20 nights at least stay in Istanbul for guests from abroad. 10 days are required to find new cornea for the patient, then corneal transplant may be performed and follow-up of the patient. They can go back home and return to their normal life. Our guests receive dense after-care after the operation to check their situation and satisfaction after corneal transplant operation. In addition, that our patient support team are available 7/24 on duty.


The cornea protects the eye structure from external factors and focuses light to the retina through breaking it.

Blood vessels and nerves in the back of the eye must be strong after Corneal Transplant so the sight will be gained.

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