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Can you see clearly right after a corneal transplant?

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Dr. Paul Holmwood
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Holmwood
Dr. Paul Holmwood
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Dr. Michael Ehrenhaus
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Better, Not Clearer

Many patients i perform transplants on, whether it's a partial thickness, sutureless, or a full thickness, sutured transplant can see better than they could before surgery.
Depending on the pre-surgical vision, and on the diagnosis, many patients are seeing better and brighter than they could before. Realize though, it may take weeks or even months for some patients to say it is "clear".

In brief: Better, Not Clearer

Many patients i perform transplants on, whether it's a partial thickness, sutureless, or a full thickness, sutured transplant can see better than they could before surgery.
Depending on the pre-surgical vision, and on the diagnosis, many patients are seeing better and brighter than they could before. Realize though, it may take weeks or even months for some patients to say it is "clear".
Dr. Michael Ehrenhaus
Dr. Michael Ehrenhaus
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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually NO

Most corneal graft patients have an extended post-op period of some blur as the tissues mend and heal.
Please be patient.

In brief: Usually NO

Most corneal graft patients have an extended post-op period of some blur as the tissues mend and heal.
Please be patient.
Dr. David Kira
Dr. David Kira
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Dr. Majid Moshirfar
The answer is yes and no. It really depends on the level of astigmatism and regularity of your astigmatism after the surgery. Some patients after transplant with hard contact lens can see 20/15. Unfortunately the challenge is the irregular astigmatism and the fact that many of our patients cannot tolerate contact lenses and glasses will not provide the best clarity for them.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: Not usually

Although it is possible to have good vision immediately after surgery, it normally takes 6-12 months to get to the best vision postop.

In brief: Not usually

Although it is possible to have good vision immediately after surgery, it normally takes 6-12 months to get to the best vision postop.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Dr. Jay Bradley
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Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not immediately

Depending on the type of transplant visual recovery can take anywhere from 3-12 months.

In brief: Not immediately

Depending on the type of transplant visual recovery can take anywhere from 3-12 months.
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology

In brief: No

The transplant needs time to heal in many ways.
The new cornea needs to become epithelialized (new surface) from the recipient. Also, corneal edema (swelling) needs to resolve. Lastly, there is often a high level of astigmatism that needs to be deal with by selectively removing sutures, and using prescription glasses or a rigid gas permeable contact lens.

In brief: No

The transplant needs time to heal in many ways.
The new cornea needs to become epithelialized (new surface) from the recipient. Also, corneal edema (swelling) needs to resolve. Lastly, there is often a high level of astigmatism that needs to be deal with by selectively removing sutures, and using prescription glasses or a rigid gas permeable contact lens.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Dr. Christopher Hood
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