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2. How long does it take to complete Keratoplasty?

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4. What are the indications of Keratoplasty?

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What is Keratoplasty?

Keratoplasty is also known as Corneal transplant or Corneal graft. It is a surgical procedure that involves the replacement of damaged cornea with the healthy donor's cornea. The cornea is a dome-shaped transparent surface of the eye. This is the largest focusing part of the eye which focuses on the light rays.

There are different types of Keratoplasty:

  1. PK (Penetrating Keratoplasty)
  2. Endothelial Keratoplasty
  3. Anterior Lamellar 
  4. Keratoplasty
  5. Keratoprosthesis


What are the advantages of Keratoplasty?

The following are the advantages of Keratoplasty:

  1. The quality of your life increases due to the better vision.
  2. There is no need to wear contact lenses and thus the infections acquired due to contact lenses can be avoided.
  3. It helps in treating the pain.
  4. This is also performed to treat severe infection or damage.


What are the indications of Keratoplasty?

The following are the indications of Keratoplasty:

  1. Fuch's dystrophy
  2. Keratoconus (cornea that bulges outwards)Clouding of the cornea
  3. Swollen cornea
  4. Scarring of the cornea
  5. Ulcers in the cornea
  6. Injury to the cornea
  7. Infection in the cornea
  8. Complications due to previous surgery

What are the steps involved in Keratoplasty?

  1. The patient will be given a sedative to relax and a local anesthetic to numb the area so that the patient will not feel the pain.
  2. Incisions are made through the cornea to remove the damaged or abnormal cornea and replace it with the donor's cornea. The donor's cornea will be cut to adjust the size of the patient's cornea.
  3. A fine thread is used to stitch the cornea in its position. In some cases, the donor's cornea may be rejected by the patient and the surgeon uses artificial cornea.


Who are the best surgeons/doctors to perform Keratoplasty?

Corneal Transplant can be performed by a certified and skilled Ophthalmologist or an Ophthalmology surgeon who is specialized and experienced in Corneal Transplantation.


What is the cost of Keratoplasty?

The minimum cost for a Keratoplasty in India may be Rs. 42,750

An average cost for Keratoplasty in India may be Rs. 70,000

The maximum cost for a Keratoplasty in India may be Rs.1,32,000 

Cost of Keratoplasty depends on factors such as:

  1. Admission fee
  2. Doctor fee
  3. Age of the patient
  4. Type of Hospital
  5. Type of donor
  6. The medical condition of the patient
  7. Post-surgical complications that are involved
  8. The admission room that you opted for
  9. Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc.


Is Keratoplasty a major surgery or minor surgery?

Keratoplasty is considered a minor surgery as it is minimally invasive and recovery time is also less.


What are the risks and complications associated with Keratoplasty?

Few risks and complications associated with Keratoplasty are:

  1. Rejection of the graft
  2. Exhaustion of the endothelium
  3. Corneal Edema
  4. Red-eye
  5. Extreme Photosensitivity
  6. Decreased vision
  7. Pain


How long does it take to complete Keratoplasty?

The time required to complete Keratoplasty is about 30-60minutes.


What is the recovery time for Keratoplasty?

Individuals who undergo Keratoplasty may take 6-12 weeks to recover completely.


What is the success rate of Keratoplasty?

The success rate of Keratoplasty depends on the following factors: 

  1. Age of the patient
  2. The medical condition of the patient
  3. Experience of the surgeon
  4. Type of surgery or procedure performed

However, the success rate of Keratoplasty maybe 75%.


Is Keratoplasty permanent?

Keratoplasty is a corneal transplant surgery, which lasts well beyond 10years.


What are the long-term results of Keratoplasty?

Few long-term results of  Keratoplasty are:

  1. Improved vision
  2. Eye Infection
  3. Cloudy vision
  4. Swollen Cornea
  5. Problem with the stitches


Can Keratoplasty be detected in the future?

Keratoplasty cannot be detected in the future as the stitches are either removed or dissolvable.


What are the options if Keratoplasty fails?

If Keratoplasty fails, then the doctor may recommend revision surgery or opt for an alternative approach.


What are the alternatives for Keratoplasty?

The following are the alternatives for Keratoplasty:

  1. Corneal collagen cross-linking with laser
  2. Deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty