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Corneal transplant

A clinic specializing in

Corneal transplant

Advanced techniques

Our specialists use state-of-the-art ophthalmic surgery techniques to perform your corneal transplant.

Adapted equipment

We have an environment and medical equipment adapted to urgent and non-urgent ophthalmic surgery.

Post-operative follow-up

Our doctors guarantee optimal post-operative follow-up until complete remission.

What is a corneal transplant?

Corneal transplantation is an ophthalmologic surgery technique performed by a specialized ophthalmologic surgeon. It consists of replacing the diseased cornea with a healthy cornea from a donor.

It is the most common donor tissue transplant in Europe. It is also one of the easiest to perform and provides the best results. The risk of rejection is also very limited, ranging from 5 to 20% in the long term.

Corneal transplantation allows many patients suffering from corneal deformity or opacity to regain good vision in the long term. It helps to eliminate chronic pain caused by various corneal injuries.

How does it work?

There are two types of corneal transplants. The technique used depends primarily on the condition being treated. It can be a replacement of the entire cornea, also known as transfixing keratoplasty, or a replacement of a portion of the diseased cornea, also known as lamellar keratoplasty.

In the case of a corneal transplant, the hospital stay may be limited to a few hours or may require one or more nights in some situations. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia. In the days preceding the surgery, a laser iridotomy is performed in consultation, if necessary.

Post-operative treatment consists of instilling (drip-feed) eye drops with antibiotics and local anti-rejection corticosteroids. This treatment must be continued for several months to avoid any complications. Other surgical procedures may also be associated with a corneal transplant such as the removal of a cataract and its replacement by an artificial lens implant.

The corneal transplant summarized in a few steps

An initial consultation allows the necessary examinations to be carried out and a diagnosis to be made of the pathology affecting the cornea.

The surgical procedure under general anesthesia: an iridotomy (small invisible opening in the iris) is performed to prepare the eye for the procedure.

Under an operating microscope in a sterile surgical environment, the graft consists of a small corneal incision and a circular removal of the deep layer of the cornea.

The graft is then injected and positioned on the back side of the cornea.

The operation is performed on an outpatient basis and may require one or two nights of hospitalization. In all cases, a clinical consultation is necessary after the operation.

Post-operative treatment: instilling eye drops that allow the operated corneas to regain their perfect health. These eye drops include antibiotics and local anti-rejection corticosteroids that help the eyes to accept the graft in the long term.

Corneal transplant specialist(s)

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Dr Zsolt Varga

Dr. Varga graduated from Cambridge University of Medicine and completed his specialization in ophthalmology and advanced training in ophthalmic surgery in England. As a specialist in the Swiss Medical Association (FMH), he teaches ophthalmology to physicians in training.

Dr Claude Schwarz

Diplômé à l’université de Genève, le Docteur Schwarz suit une formation postgraduée en ophtalmologie aux Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève. Il se spécialise ensuite en chirurgie oculoplastique et cataracte en Angleterre.


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