Keratoconus Patient Education

Corneal Transplant

A corneal transplant, also known as a corneal graft, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced with healthy tissue from a donor cornea.

A transplant in which tissue is transplanted in its entirety is called Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP). When partial tissue is transplanted, it is called Lamellar Keratoplasty.

A cornea transplant can restore vision, reduce pain and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea. A cornea transplant is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.

Though corneal transplant procedures are still widely performed with a handheld blade, at nJoy Vision we provide access for surgeons so that corneal transplants can be performed with an Intralase femtosecond laser. This laser procedure, called Intralase Enabled Keratoplasty (IEK), is the first of its kind to utilize modern technology to create the incision in both the donor and recipient tissues.

IEK is the first of its kind to incorporate the Intralase femtosecond laser with cornea transplant surgery.

IEK procedures offer increased accuracy, less surgically-induced astigmatism, and a generally quick visual recovery.

The recovery period for IEK procedures is generally just six to seven months, compared to the 18-month visual rehabilitation timetable for non-laser techniques.