• Would a transplant help my uncle’s corneal scar?


    Question:

    My uncle had an accident more than 30 years ago leaving a corneal scar. He states that he can see out of it although vision is blurry. Would he be a good candidate for a corneal transplant?


    Answer:

    A corneal scar in the visual axis is one of the indications for a corneal transplant. Sometimes a scar even outside of the visual axis can distort vision enough to warrant a corneal transplant. Since this surgery comes with risk and needs lifelong monitoring, non-surgical options should be looked at first. Sometimes a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens is helpful in correcting the visual distortion caused by the scar. If these non-surgical options fail to improve vision, then a corneal transplant may be the best option for improving vision.


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