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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
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Martin Mayers
Dr. Martin Mayers
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Dr. Majid Moshirfar
For macualr degeneration, we need to focus on the retina pathology. He may one day be able to get retinal embryonic stem cell transplantation but it not a reality for him at this point. he needs to see a retina specialist and see if he can benefit from PDT laser and/or injections
Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Samuel Barone
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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