• Will a corneal transplant worsen my eye floaters?


    Question:

    Will a corneal transplant worsen my eye floaters? I’m terrified of my floaters worsening but have ocular herpes and need a transplant.


    Answer:

    Eye floaters are caused by shadows cast by the debris inside the back part of the eye. A corneal transplant does not affect that area directly. But a transplant can hasten the aging process inside the eye that leads to a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD).  A PVD—which is a normal part of aging and happens to most people have by age 70may result in increased floaters. But if a transplant is needed, the visual benefit of the surgery would typically outweigh a potential increase in floaters. If floaters are excessively bothersome, there are surgical procedures that can reduce floaters.


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