Glenpoint Centre East 300 Frank W. Burr Blvd. Teaneck, New Jersey, 07666

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FULL THICKNESS CORNEAL TRANSPLANT (PKP)

 

FULL THICKNESS CORNEAL TRANSPLANTATION – PENETRATING KERATOPLASTY

(PK)

In cases where the cornea has become swollen, clouded, scarred, or irregular as a result of diseases such as keratoconus, infection, or previous eye surgery, a corneal transplant is sometimes necessary to restore functional vision. In penetrating keratoplasty (PK), the most frequently performed corneal transplantation technique, the entire cornea is removed and replaced with a donor cornea. Corneas used for transplantation have been donated to the eye bank from a deceased person. All corneas are carefully screened and prepared by the eye bank. At The CLEI Center for Keratoconus, we work very closely with the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey as well as other national eye banks. 

A large proportion of our corneal transplants today are performed with the femtosecond laser assisted technique.  Instead of using a mechanical trephine to remove the central cornea, a laser is able to prepare the site to the surgeon's meticulous specifications.  This allows us to carefully match donor tissue shape to the shape best suited for your individual situation.