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Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon
Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Packer Opthalmologists in Eugene Oregon

CORNEAL TRANSPLANTATION — RISKS AND LIMITATIONS

Risks and Limitations
Neither your surgeon nor the surgeon's staff can promise or guarantee that the procedure will be effective or make your vision better than it was before the procedure.

It is possible that the procedure or a complication arising from the procedure could make your vision worse or could injure your cornea or your retina, which could result in partial or total blindness, or could require a cornea transplant.

Certain inflammatory conditions can cause severe post-operative complications such as cornea or flap inflammation, or thinning of the corneal flap, which could result in permanent loss of vision.

In addition, because the procedure is fairly new, very little is known about the long-term effects of the procedure. During your preoperative examination, the likely outcomes (e.g. uncorrected vision) will be conveyed to you based on the level of your particular refractive error.

Although it is not possible to list every potential risk or complication that may result from the procedure, many of them are listed below.

  • Under-correction or Over-correction
  • Halos / Starbursts
  • Equipment Malfunction
  • Increased Light Sensitivity of the Eye / Fluctuating Vision
  • Optical Imbalance
  • Regression
  • Increased Pressure in the Eye
  • Fragility on Impact
  • Eyelid Droop
  • Corneal Ectasia
  • Faulty or Improperly Created Flap
  • Debris under the Flap or Infection under the Flap
  • Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis or "Sands of the Sahara"
  • Epithelial Erosion
  • Epithelial Ingrowth
  • Dry Eyes
  • Vascular Occlusion
  • Microscopic Corneal Surface Irregularities
  • Excessive Corneal Haze
  • Elevated IOP (Intraocular Pressure)

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Commonly Asked Questions:
How soon after surgery will I see well?

Full visual recovery takes up to a year, but most patients with successful corneal transplants enjoy good vision for many years.

Will a cornea transplant hurt?
The operation takes about an hour and may be done under local or general anesthesia. There is little or no pain.

Will my insurance cover corneal transplantation?
Most health insurance plans will cover at least a part of the cost of a cornea transplant; the amount varies depending on the health plan.