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    Corneal Transplant Surgery

    Corneal Transplantation

    The cornea is the dome-shaped window of the eye. It covers the iris, pupil and lens. It is responsible for 2/3 of the refractive power of the eye. A diseased cornea affects vision.

    Irreversible corneal damage requiring surgical intervention, specifically, a corneal transplantation may include:

    • late-stage keratoconus,
    • advanced corneal scars,
    • uncontrollable corneal infections,
    • non-healing ulcers,
    • progressive dystrophies, and
    • surgical trauma

    A donor corneal button is used to replace a diseased cornea. There are currently several kinds of corneal transplantation procedures:

    • Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)
    • Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
    • Deep Anterior Lamellar keratoplasty (DALK)
    • Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP)

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    Corneal Registry

    Individuals requiring a corneal transplant will be added by a cornea surgeon to the cornea registry of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines at the Sentro Oftalmologico Jose Rizal of the Philippine General Hospital. The corneal donor button waiting-time usually takes a couple of weeks to several months.
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