What is a corneal transplantation?

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A corneal transplantation (also known as keratoplasty) is a surgical procedure performed to replace a diseased or damaged cornea with healthy cornea tissue from the eye of a suitable donor. It is one of the most common and most successful types of organ transplants done.

The cornea specialists at Weill Cornell Eye Associates are using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Corneal transplantation has advanced greatly over the last several years. Currently, our surgeons are performing traditional penetrating corneal transplantation, selective endothelial transplantation (DSEK), artificial corneal transplantation (keratoprosthesis) and laser-assisted transplantation.

Give the Gift of Sight

Becoming an eye and organ donor can help restore the precious gift of sight and health to people in need.

Eye and corneal donations are used for vision-saving cornea transplants, reconstructive eye surgeries, medical education, and clinical research into blinding eye disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma, and vitreoretinal diseases like macular degeneration.

The physicians and professional staff of Weill Cornell Eye Associates encourage you to say "YES" to eye donation. There is no cost to donate and the process is simple. Sign-up today to be an organ donor and join the millions of New Yorkers who have already registered with the electronic New York State Donate Life Registry.

Become a Donor

Weill Cornell's ophthalmologists are committed to raising awareness about the importance and benefits of eye donations and cornea transplants. Dr. Mark I. Rosenblatt, Medical Director of The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, and Dr. Christopher E. Starr currently serve as active members of the Medical Advisory Board for The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, the world's first eye bank.

For more information on eye, organ, and tissue donation, please visit the FAQs page.

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