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What You Need to Know About Corneal Transplants

At Vista Laser Vision in New York, we understand that it can be stressful and even confusing to understand what corneal transplant procedures entail. That’s why Dr. Mark Hornfeld and our knowledgeable staff try to do everything we can to keep you informed and confident during the pre- and post-operative stages. Here is what you need to know about corneal transplants:

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Who Could Benefit from Corneal Transplants?

Corneal transplants are typically performed on patients whose corneas have been damaged by conditions such as ulcers and complications from earlier surgeries. As a result of these conditions, corneas become thin, infected, swollen, cloudy, or even bulge. Those who are frequent aspirin users will be asked to refrain from taking it two weeks before surgery.

How Is the Transplant Performed?

After meeting with your New York City ophthalmologist for several consultations, you will finally arrive at the surgery center for your outpatient procedure. You will be placed under local or general anesthesia before your eyelids are washed and covered with a sterile cover. A cutting instrument then removes the middle of the affected cornea and the donor cornea is then put into place with sutures.

What Is the Recovery Process Like?

After the sutures are completed, your surgeon will place a shield over the eye for protection. Once you wake up in the recovery room, you can go home with your arranged ride. You will meet with Dr. Hornfeld the next day when he will remove the patch and examine your progress. Most patients experience a bit of soreness, but not extreme pain.

If Dr. Mark Hornfeld and his associates determine that you could benefit from a corneal transplant, we will be there to walk you through every step of the process. Dr. Hornfield has over ten years of experience in performing corneal transplants, Lasik, and other vision enhancing procedures. Call Vista Laser Vision today at (212) 580-8881 for more information.