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.
Dr. Manolette Roque
Dr. Manolette Roque
Dr. Manolette Roque is an ophthalmologist whose practice includes general ophthalmology (which includes cataract surgery) with subspecialty work in uveitis and ocular immunology, cornea and external disease, and refractive surgery.
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