Mercy Hospital & Health Services Contact Us
MyChart
About Mercy
Join Our Team
set font size large set font size medium set font size small
email this page print this page
Health Illustrated Encyclopedia Banner
Health Illustrated Encyclopedia

Disclaimer:
Our Health Information Database is provided by A.D.A.M. the leading provider of electronic and printed information for professionals and consumers in healthcare and industry. It provides authoritative, reliable content written and reviewed by an editorial board who represent a variety of specialty areas. This board reviews and evaluates all healthcare information to ensure it is accurate, reliable, and can be used with complete confidence. And now you have access to the same authoritative, trusted clinical information relied upon by health professionals around the world.
Corneal transplant - discharge

Alternate Names

Keratoplasty - discharge; Penetrating keratoplasty - discharge

When You Were in the Hospital

You had a corneal transplant to replace your cornea (the clear surface on the front of your eye) with tissue from a donor. During your surgery, your surgeon removed a small round piece of your cornea. Then the donated cornea was sewn onto the opening of your eye.

Your doctor probably injected medicine into your eye area so you did not feel any pain during surgery. You may have taken a sedative to help you relax.

What to Expect at Home

You may need to wear contact lenses or glasses for at least 3 months. These may need to be changed or adjusted several times in the first year after your transplant.

Self-care

Do not touch or rub your eye. Your doctor will give you an eye patch to wear for about 1 to 4 days. This protects the new cornea from injury. You doctor may also give you an eye shield for sleeping, showering, or bathing. After you take off the eye patch, you will need to wear dark sunglasses during the day.

You should not drive, operate machinery, drink alcohol, or make any major decisions for at least 24 hours after surgery. The sedative will take this long to fully wear off. Before it does, it may make you very sleepy and unable to think clearly.

Limit activities that could make you fall or increase pressure on your eye, such as climbing a ladder or dancing. Avoid heavy lifting. Stay away from dust and blowing sand.

Carefully follow your doctor's instructions for using eye drops after surgery. The drops may prevent your body from rejecting your new cornea.

Follow up with your doctor as directed. You may need to have stitches removed, and your doctor will want to check your healing and eyesight.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your doctor or nurse if you have:

  • Decreased vision
  • Flashes of light or floaters in your eye
  • Light sensitivity (sunlight or bright lights hurt your eye)
  • More redness in your eye
  • Eye pain

References

Yanoff M, Duker JS, Augsburger JJ, et al. Ophthalmology. 2nd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2004:204-209.

Bahar I, Kaiserman I, Srinivasan S, Ya-Ping J, Slomovic AR, Rootman DS. Comparison of Three Different Techniques of Corneal Transplantation for Keratoconus. American Journal of Ophthalmology. December 2008;146(6).



Encyclopedia Home
Drug Note Home
Health Information Home

Images

Care Points
    Read More

    Review Date: 2/17/2009

    Review By: Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle , WA . Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

    The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2010 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

    www.adam.com
    www.mercyweb.org
    follow us online
    facebook youtube


    Contact us
    Home  |  Sitemap

    Disclaimer & Terms of Use  |  Privacy Statement  |  Notice of Privacy Practices
    Copyright ©2013 Mercy. Last modified 2/16/2011