A corneal transplant is a surgical procedure that replaces part of a person’s cornea with corneal tissue from a donor. Cornea donation is necessary for the preservation and restoration of sight.
A cornea donor can restore sight to 2 people.
Eye banks provide tissue for more than 85,000 sight-restoring corneal transplants each year.
When is cornea donation needed?The cornea is the clear dome-like window covering the front of the eye that allows the light to pass through to the retina, and enables us to see. According to the Mayo Clinic, a corneal transplant is a surgical procedure that uses donor corneal tissue to replace a person’s damaged corneal tissue. Did You Know: While we use the term “eye donation”, there is no whole eye transplantation. Most often only corneal tissue is recovered for transplantation. Corneal transplants restore sight to those suffering from vision loss mainly due to corneal blindness commonly caused by:
- Trauma/infection to the cornea
- Keratoconus (cornea becomes cone shaped)
- Fuch’s Dystrophy
- Pseudophakic Bullous Keratopathy
- Corneal degeneration