• Can I smoke cigarettes after a full corneal transplant or should I wait awhile?


    Question:

    Can I smoke cigarettes after a full corneal transplant or should I wait awhile?


    Answer:

    You should ask your surgeon about your specific case. I tell my patients that it is OK to resume smoking after a cornea transplant. However, I remind them that there are many good reasons to quit smoking. Besides the well-known serious health effects of smoking (cardiac disease, lung cancer), smoking may also increase the risk of rejection of a cornea transplant and can affect or delay healing after surgery.


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