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Cornea and Cornea Transplant clinic at Mumbai Eye Care, Cornea and Lasik Centre is one of its kinds. Our fully equipped cornea clinic caters to all corneal disorders like corneal infections, corneal dystrophies, corneal scars and corneal decompensation. We perform all types of corneal transplant procedures such as

  • Full thickness cornea transplant or penetrating keratoplasty
  • Anterior lamellar keratoplasty or DALK
  • Posterior lamellar keratoplasty or DSEK/ DMEK

For those who are not suitable for cornea transplantation or high risk for cornea transplantation, we now have option of Keratoprosthesis. Keratoprosthesis is nothing but artificial cornea.


Cornea is the outermost transparent portion of the eye.
Keratoconus Infections, Dystrophies Degenerations & Corneal scars.
Not all corneal pathologies need surgery. A number of pathologies can be treated medically. However, for treatment of corneal pathologies that are not treatable with medicines, a surgery may be required. Most common corneal surgery is penetrating keratoplasty (corneal transplant).
Cornea transplant is a procedure where the diseased cornea is removed and is replaced with a donor cornea that is collected from a healthy donor after death.
A patient who requires corneal transplantation needs to register in the eye bank for cornea. When a suitable cornea is available for the patient, eye bank and the hospital will coordinate for the transplantation to be performed. The surgery is done usually under local anesthesia, for children however, general anesthesia is preferred. For full thickness corneal transplant- a round trephine is made in the cornea and similar round full thickness donor cornea is sutured to the host. For partial thickness transplant- DSEK, the donor cornea is dissected either using an automated machine called microkeratome or manually. The donor lenticule is inserted in the eye of the patient and is attached to the host using air. This procedure does not require sutures to attach the graft. Deep anterior lamellar keratplasty- in this only the anterior layers of the cornea are replaced by donor cornea. Keratoprosthesis-Here a special device called keratoprosthesis is placed in the eye. This has a central cylinder that passes through the center of the donor cornea.
After corneal transplant patient needs to use drops for a long time. These include antibiotics for a few days, steroids in tapering doses for a few months and lubricating drops.

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