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Corneal Transplant
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Corneal Transplant Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

The procedure is highly successful. Severe complications are rare. If you are planning to have a corneal transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Rejection of the new cornea—The body’s defense system attacks the new tissue, damaging it.
  • Glaucoma —This is a vision-impairing disease caused by increased pressure inside the eye.
  • Problems focusing
  • Swelling or detachment of the retina —The retina is the part of the eye that sends light and images to the brain via the optic nerve (detachment occurs when the retina is lifted or pulled from its normal position).
  • Cataract —A clouding of the eye's lens leads to decreased vision.
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

The operation is most successful for patients who have the following:

  • Keratoconus
  • Corneal scars

It is less successful for those who have corneal infection and severe injury, like a chemical burn.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Vision symptoms, including decreased vision, floaters, flashing lights, increased light sensitivity, or loss of peripheral vision
  • Increased eye redness
  • Increased pain
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



Posted 8 years ago

does corneal transplant causes side effects such as dizziness

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rymaur46 5 years ago

I believe it can for a short period after the op.

Posted 5 years ago

Since having a cornea transplant a member of family has suffered with cognitive issues such as mixing up the names of colours.also other problems such as as not being able to remember certain words. Is this normal?

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