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Do we have the technology to do eye transplants?

Do we have the technology to do eye transplants?

No: Transplantation of the entire eye is impossible as the retina of the eye is part of the brain and cannot be transplanted. Only the cornea or clear front of the eye can be transplanted successfully, and the lens replaced with a plastic lens implant after cataract surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Do we have the technology to conduct eye transplants?

Do we have the technology to conduct eye transplants?

Eye transplants: Only the cornea and lens can be removed and replaced. The rest of the eye can not be transplanted. ...Read more

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For what conditions is eye transplant possible?

For what conditions  is eye transplant possible?

Cornea conditions: Cornea transplantation is the most common firm of solid organ transplantation in the United States. It is used if the clear front part of the eye becomes cloudy. Transplantation of the entire eye is not possible. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as eye transplant? I heard about it, but how technologically advanced are we?

Is there such thing as eye transplant? I heard about it, but how technologically advanced are we?

No: Not an entire eye transplant yet. Corneas are often transplanted. When an eye is removed, an ocular prosthesis is placed. We are advanced enough to put retinal chips into eyes though. ...Read more

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I want my eye to heal completely and to see sight improvement, but how long is it after the transplant until someone can go back to work?

I want my eye to heal completely and to see sight improvement, but how long is it after the transplant until someone can go back to work?

Is other eye OK?: I am guessing you are talking about corneal transplantation in one of your eyes. If your work is strenuous, and the other eye sees well, your transplant surgeon may want you to go easy so that the transplant is not endangered which could be six months or so. If you are doing office of light duty work, you might be able to return to work within weeks. ...Read more

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Could an eye/cornia transplant correct nystagmus?

No such thing and no: There is no such thing as an eye transplant and a cornea transplant would have no effect on nystagmus. There are surgeries and non-surgical treatments for nystagmus. See a strabismus specialist to discuss these. ...Read more

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Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

Will having glaucoma stop me from getting an eye transplant?

No: There is no such thing as an eye transplant . You are referring to a corneal transplant. Uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to decreased survival of the corneal transplant. Glaucoma should be controlled medically before transplantation or an additional glaucoma surgical procedure should be performed before or at the time of transplantation when medication fails to lower the pressure adequately. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more