Corneal Transplantation is the replacement of the diseased or scarred portions of the cornea which is normally clear. This is similar to changing the lens of a camera. It is approximately 12 mm in diameter.


Corneal Transplantation replaces the scarred portions of the cornea which is a major cause of visual loss in the world. Currently over 12.5 million people including millions of children are blind in both eyes. In addition, there are millions more patients who are corneal blind in one eye.
Corneal transplantation is the only option available for corneal blindness. 80% of corneal scarring is curable with this procedure. This surgery requires specialized skills.
Supporting a corneal transplantation service requires basic equipment in the operating rooms that are properly maintained.
The patient following surgery requires access to and supply of specific topical medications. With appropriate follow-up, frequently for a lifetime, most patients will enjoy improved vision and a better quality of life.