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My dad has age related macular degeneration and his sight is failing fast. is a cornea transplant an option?

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Dr. Martin Mayers answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

No: Macular degeneration affects the retina which is in the bak of the eye. The cornea is the clearr covering in the front of the eye. Unfortunately corneal transplantation will not help macular degerneration.

Answered 5/4/2016

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Dr. Andrew Shatz answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

Unfortunately not: The cornea is the front "window" of the eye, while the macula is part of the "film" in the back. Macular degeneration (armd) damages the film layer, and replacing the cornea will not help the condition - much like replacing a camera's lens will not improve the picture if the film is damaged. There are treatments for armd that may help your father, however. Have him see a doctor about his options.

Answered 11/2/2011

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Dr. Samuel Barone answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

No: Macular degeneration is a problem with the retina, the film in the back of the eye that captures light (just like film in a camera). The cornea is the clear covering in the front of the eye, sort of like the "windshield" of the eye. A cornea transplant will only help vision loss that is from a problem with a cornea, and will not help vision loss that is entirely from macular degeneration.

Answered 8/16/2013

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