Corneal grafts



In this video, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb explains what you need to know about corneal grafts


What you need to know about getting Corneal Graft (DSEK) in Wales

Restore your vision

Your cornea condition blocked light from entering your eye. This caused your vision to be comparable to looking through a murky window. You may have experienced sensitivity to light, distorted vision and pain.

After your corneal graft (DSEK), you have a healthy, clear cornea and your functional vision has been restored.

Feel comfortable

You feel relieved and comfortable. You no longer have to fear the risk of going blind, and your mood and general well-being have improved tenfold. Everyone will be so pleased to see that smile back on your face.

Feel comfortable

You feel relieved and comfortable. Your mood and general well-being have improved immeasurably. Everyone will be so pleased to see that smile back on your face.

Get back to normal

You can wake up in the morning free from any bothersome symptoms. Normal daily activities such as going to work, driving and cooking dinner are no longer a struggle. You’re able to live a normal life again.

Get back to normal

You can wake up in the morning free from any bothersome symptoms. Normal daily activities such as going to work, driving and cooking dinner are no longer a struggle. You’re able to live a normal life again.

Enjoy life

Now that your eyes are no longer holding you back, you can immerse yourself in all of the fun, social activities and events you previously missed.

A corneal graft has allowed you to fall back in love with life.

Enjoy life

No one deserves to suffer a corneal condition.

Now that your eyes are no longer holding you back, you can immerse yourself in all of the fun, social activities and events you previously missed.

A corneal graft has allowed you to fall back in love with life.


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If you can see yourself below, then we can help you

You’re over 45 and would love to read again without glasses

Unfortunately, reading glasses or varifocals get in the way of many of the things you most enjoy. Yes, spectacles help, but they are annoying little appendages that you lose or must clean to see clearly.

If you feel annoyed, anxious and limited by reading glasses or varifocal spectacles, we can help. Don’t let your favourite hobbies become tiring chores.

Be free from reading specs for good. Experience the liberation from squinting and headaches that you might have already begun to accept as part of life.

Instead, look forward to enjoying everything that your vision has to offer. Whether you enjoy reading, gardening, or the great outdoors, everything looks better when your eyes see as young as you feel.

Get a new lease on life. Contact us today and take the first step towards a better life.

Your vision is yellowing, duller, and cataracts are forming. You feel like your eyes are letting you down

The effect on your life can vary from being slightly frustrating, through to significantly affecting your ability to function independently, or even causing a devastating reduction in vision.

Before you developed cataracts, you were living a full life. You may enjoy the outdoors, have indoor hobbies or enjoy travelling. Or, perhaps you have finished working and are now taking the time to enjoy everything you may have missed when you were busy making a living.

Sadly, your eyes now dull the shine of life’s beautiful landscape. The trees, the flowers and even the sky don’t seem as bright as they used to look.

Get your life back without the compromise. Experience what life used to look like. Even better, if you’ve worn glasses or contact lenses, discover the incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that modern cataract surgery affords.


We treat patients from all across Wales

“I would like to thank you most sincerely for the laser surgery you performed to improve my eyesight. It really has improved the quality of my life and I feel like a new person.”

R M, Refractive Surgery

“I was given a choice of lenses and detailed information before making my decision. I am now able to drive and read without glasses. It was entirely painless and the care I received before and after the procedures was excellent.”

Mrs. B R, Intraocular Lens

“I was very impressed with the preop eye assessment and the consultation by Prof Muhtaseb explaining the options properly, sensibly and in detail focusing on my individual situation. Surgery (PRK) went well, and the results are excellent.”

Dr. C E, Laser Refractive Surgery

“My vision is really clear. I easily read the Sunday paper without glasses the day after my surgery.”

M B, Lens Exchange

“Today I walked into work, enjoying seeing birds (I hadn’t realised how few I’d been seeing). The cloud to my left eye has gone, and I have been able to read, type, teach without needing my glasses once.”

Mrs. C, Cataract surgery with multifocal lens implant

“Thank you so much for your kind and attentive care of my eyesight. Wonderful work! It is now a treat to have good binocular sight again!”

Dr. C, Cataract surgery

“I am just sending you this message to say that my optician seemed amazed at how well I am able to see and was very happy with everything. Thank you so much. I am really thrilled!”

Mrs. E, Cataract surgery

“Mr T. called and asked me to pass a message to yourself stating that he had a marvellous experience with his visit and wanted to thank you very much for your time this morning. He said you were a proper gentleman and that he thought very highly of you.”

Mr T’s hospital secretary, Cataract surgery

“A very grateful thank you to you and your team for the operations that have enhanced my sight so much. It is a wonderful feeling to have my confidence back both in walking and driving”

Mrs. F L, Cornea

“Many thanks to ‘The No. 1 Medic’.”

Dr. A E, Intraocular Lens

“Thank you so much, you’ve changed my life forever.”


“Mr Mutaseb and his team were very professional , friendly and reassuring and held a no hassle policy on having to follow through with any procedure for laser correction. The procedure could not have run smoother and the after care was excellent.”


“I’m absolutely delighted with the vision in my eye following cataract surgery. The only problem is that I can no longer hit the golf ball out of sight!”

Dr. R, Cataract surgery

“Thank you for fixing my left eye.”

Mr. I, Cataract surgery

“Thank you so much for the care and attention you gave me during my cataract operation. Much appreciated.
You are the best. Thank you.”


Mrs. W, Cataract surgery

“Thank you for the care, help and being wonderful.”

Mrs. W, Cataract surgery

“I am very happy with Prof Muhtaseb’s professional, detailed and careful approach to my surgery. I have had successful surgery and am very happy with the result. This has been a life changing surgery for me.”

Mr H J, Refractive Surgery

“Thank you for all that you have done. I would not have gone through it without the complete trust I have in you. Thanks again.”

Mrs. S G, Multifocal Intraocular Lens

“It’s fantastic. I feel like a new person.”

D R, Refractive Lens Exchange

“Thank you for taking such good care of me during my LASIK surgery – I was terrified! I am so pleased with the outcome, which was pretty much instant – it has made such a difference to my life not having to wear glasses all the time.”


“I would like to thank you for operating to remove my cataracts in both my eyes. It is the first time in my life that I’m able to see without glasses or contact lenses. I’ve been short-sighted since I was a child when I used to sit at the front of the class in school to see the blackboard. Once again thank you, I’m so grateful to you.”

Mrs. W, Cataract surgery

“I reviewed Mrs A in my clinic today, where she tells me she is extremely grateful to you for her recent right cataract surgery. She is absolutely delighted with the result, although very disappointed that she is now able to see the wrinkles in the mirror!”

Mrs A’s referring doctor , Cataract surgery

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your surgical staff for making my life so much better after my two cataract operations. It has meant a massive change to my life, both physically and mentally. It is literally like a massive cloud has been lifted from my life and taken me back years.”

Mr. B, Cataract surgery

“Many thanks to you and your team for all the kindness, care and expertise shown to me when having my cataracts removed. It is lovely to have a new lease of life.”

Mrs. R B, Cataracts

“I can’t thank you enough for the gift your ability as a surgeon has given me. I am like a child with a wonderful new toy. I can see the world anew.”

Mrs. A D, Refractive Lens Exchange

“I’m amazed at how much I can see.”

C H, Multifocal Lens

“I made my highest break in years last week. It was 137!”

Anonymous, Multifocal Piggyback Lens

“Thank you for the amazing operations – they have made a wonderful difference. I enjoy seeing the world so well!”

Mrs. S, Cataract surgery

“Thank you for your time and patience. I haven’t that much care [afforded] to me, and you have a wonderful team around you.
Once again, big thank you.”


Mr. D, Cataract surgery

“I would like to thank you for the cataract surgery to both my eyes, which for me have been life-changing. From being barely legal to drive even with glasses, not being able to recognise faces while out walking and not being able to see the racing marks while out sailing, I have been able to consign those to history.”

Mr. A, Cataract surgery

In these toggles we explain what you need to know about a corneal graft

Your suitability for corneal graft treatment depends on the severity of your condition and other factors such as:

  • The degree of the swelling
  • What is causing the problem
  • The duration you have had the problem
  • The effect it is having on your vision

If you have mild swelling that is not causing much trouble with the vision, we can observe this over time in the clinic.

If the swelling is severe and your vision is greatly reduced, we will need to discuss the risks and benefits of surgery.

A corneal graft is a transplant operation, involving removal of the central part of the cornea (the clear front window of the eye) and its replacement with a cornea from a donor.

We can perform a corneal graft in isolation or together with another procedure, such as cataract surgery. It takes a longer time to recover from a full thickness than a partial thickness corneal graft operation.

A corneal graft can provide a dramatic improvement in vision and bring clarity where there was only foggy vision before.

However, corneal graft surgery is technically challenging and the visual recovery can take anywhere from several weeks for some types of inner layer partial thickness grafts (endothelial keratoplasty) to over a year for full thickness grafts.

The risks of corneal graft include rejection or failure of the graft the need to repeat the graft, problems with the stitches, and problems related to the post-operative anti-inflammatory drops that are required to reduce the chance of rejection.

Most risks are amenable to medical or surgical treatment, but it is possible that lasting effects on the vision or health of the eye may occur.

The alternatives to corneal graft surgery depend on the underlying disease of the cornea.

  • For swelling in the cornea it may be possible to use Saline drops to reduce the swelling
  • For mild corneal scarring a therapeutic contact lens may offer some improvement in vision
  • For other diseases of the cornea where vision is more seriously affected it may be that only a graft can improve the sight.

Step 1: Before a corneal graft can take place we must submit a request to the National eye bank for a donor cornea to be allocated to you. You will be notified once this has been done and a date for surgery assigned.

Step 2: On the day of surgery you will arrive at the surgery centre and be admitted by one of the nurses.

Step 3: The surgeon will spend time with you to allow for any questions and for signing the consent forms.

Step 4: Thereafter, the eye will be numbed, or a full anaesthetic may be administered, and you will be taken into the surgery room for the operation to be completed.

Step 5: Afterwards you will be given the post-operative drops and advice on what you can and cannot do after surgery.

You will also be given a phone number to call if you have any concerns.

Step 6: A post-operative follow-up appointment will be arranged and you will be allowed to go home with a companion.

Corneal graft surgery is very successful and the vast majority of patients recover a very satisfactory level of vision.

There are many different types of corneal graft surgery and the results of each type cary greatly. The results are especially affected by the underlying reason that the graft was needed.

The specific issues related to your individual case will be discussed during your consultation with Prof Muhtaseb.

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Enjoy a life free from cataracts, glasses and contact lenses in three easy steps

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Meet your consultant

I’ll see you before treatment to ensure you’re a good candidate and treat you at one of my facilities in South Wales or Bristol.

Revitalise your eyes

I’ll supervise your aftercare as you begin to experience a life free of cataracts and glasses and contact lenses.


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Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb, FRCOphth

Consultant Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon

iLase is the private practice of Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Prof Mohammed Muhtaseb. Based in South Wales, he is one of the very few ophthalmologists working in the UK who is a fellowship-trained specialist in Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He holds full specialist registration with the General Medical Council and was appointed as a Consultant in the NHS in 2006.