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Corneal Transplant

Alternate Names : Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP)

Corneal Transplant | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

After the procedure, individuals need to use antibiotic and steroid eye drops. Sutures remain in place for about 6 months. People who have had a full thickness graft may need to use low-dose steroid drops for years. This helps reduce the likelihood that body will reject the graft. In a successful operation, the graft should stay clear and heal without too much irregularity in the surface of the cornea. The procedure should also produce good vision

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

There are complications with any surgery or anesthesia. These include bleeding, infection, and reactions to the anesthesia medications.

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Author: William Stevens, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 05/18/01

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