Dr. Murray Friedberg is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist performing several cornea transplant techniques. More than 45,000 cornea transplants are performed worldwide each year with excellent success rates for many diagnoses. Surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, allowing the patient to go home the same day. Additional surgery may be performed at the time of corneal transplantation – cataract removal, intraocular lens implantation or replacement.
Human donor tissue is provided by an eye bank which carefully screens the tissue. Federal regulations require eye banks to screen all tissue for AIDS, Hepatitis, and a variety of other diseases. Because of the availability of corneal tissue, surgery can often be scheduled as an elective procedure at a time convenient for the patient.
As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with corneal transplant surgery. These include infection, graft rejection, glaucoma, retinal detachment and swelling. If there are complications, additional surgery could be needed and vision could be lost.