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Rehab From Corneal Transplant
No: With the new partial thickness transplantation technique (dsek), the vision is very poor for the first 2 days as the air bubble in the front of the eye interferes with vision. After this, the vision returns relatively quickly so long as the transplanted tissue is healthy and swelling dissipates, usually 2-12 weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Weeks or months: It really depends on what surgical technique is used, but with a traditional corneal transplant it takes months for the healing to stabilize. With more modern techniques like dsek it is much faster since there are fewer sutures and a smaller wound. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Trauma and rupture: Common risks are mentioned in other posts, infection, hemorrhage, rejection. One of my biggest concerns is trauma and rupture of the graft in cases where a full thickness penetrating transplant have been performed. The eye is forever fragile and even the slightest blow to the eye can lead to serious injury and blindness. The eye needs glasses to protect it. Risk is much lower in partial grafts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Frequent: Corneal transplantation, the replacement of a damaged cornea with a clear one from a donor eye, is a frequently performed procedure - about 20-30, 000 in the usa per year. The healing is prlonged and frequent visits to the surgeon are mandatory during that period. Your transplant surgeon can inform you of your risks and prognosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6-24 months: Depends on so many factors. Sometimes I have patients who see great a few weeks out. Others take a few years and require a hard contact lens. No two people (or two eyes for that matter) heal exactly the same. I would expect at least a year depending on when your surgeon starts cutting out sutures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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