What is a corneal graft and how does the procedure work?

Corneal transplant surgery is a very broad term that encompasses a wide range of surgical interventions.

The common thread is that either the whole cornea or a layer of it – either the front layer, the front plus middle or the inner layer – are removed and replaced by tissue that has been harvested from a donor.

The various types are either what we call penetrating keratoplasty where the whole thickness of the cornea is replaced, or anterior keratoplasty where the front layers are replaced because they are the layers affected by the disease process…

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The inner layer known as the endothelium is unaffected by the disease process and is left in place.

The most commonly performed procedure these days, and certainly the most commonly performed procedure in my practice is endothelial keratoplasty. The inner layer of cells of the cornea, the endothelium, are affected by the disease process; they are replaced with a layer of cells harvested from a donor.

I invite you to contact my practice by calling the phone number provided. We can start the process of consulting and determining your suitability for the interventions that we can provide, and hopefully get you to a point where you’re achieving your outcomes and enjoying life without cataract and without needing your 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.