When the cornea becomes very damaged, a corneal transplant may be needed to help restore some sight. Patients in need of a corneal transplant must be placed on the waiting list for corneal tissue. The amount of time a patient must wait varies. With advancements in technology, it is not always necessary to do a full thickness corneal transplant. Your surgeon will discuss these options with you during your surgical consultation.
When the corneal transplant is finished it can take up to a year to know how much vision has been regained. As with any kind of transplant, corneal rejection can occur. Signs of rejection may be redness, or decrease in vision. Corneal rejection is not common, however.