Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK)

Full Thickness Corneal Transplantation

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 CLEI, we work very closely with the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey as well as other national eye banks.

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