Risks of corneal transplant surgery

Like in any surgery there are risks in corneal transplant surgery.

Sight Loss is possible but fortunately rare with corneal transplant surgery.

Rare but serious complications:

  • Sight-threatening infection
  • Severe haemorrhage causing loss of vision
  • Retinal detachment.

Corneal transplant rejection
A corneal transplant can be identified and attacked by the patient’s immune system. Corneal Transplant Rejection can often be reversed if anti-rejection medication is started promptly.

Graft Failure
When a graft fails the cornea becomes cloudy again and vision becomes blurred. It is less common in DALK and EK compared with PKP

Glaucoma
This can usually be controlled by eye drops but occasionally requires surgery

Cataract
This can be removed if affects vision