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Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Tue 06 Sep 2016 10:35 am
by Nashaax3
Hello, my first time ever joining a forum so bear with me.

I am 22 years old and female. I have had Keratoconus in my right eye since i was 10 years old. Since then, the KC has got progressively worse in my right eye and developed into my Left eye now forcing me to wear rigid gas permeable contact lenses in both eyes. When taking my lenses out my right eye has hardly any vision at all. It's been getting me upset and depressed for a while now.

I was looking into the transplant and I really think it's for me. But I don't think I qualify yet.

Any advice or experiences you can share I would be very grateful.


Re: Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Tue 06 Sep 2016 12:24 pm
by Lia Williams
Hi Naahaax3,

Welcome to the forum.

What is your sight like with contact lenses? If you can see well and they are comfortable I doubt very much if a cornea transplant would be a good idea.

Corneal transplants can take time to settle down and most people will still need a contact lens to optimise their vision. So a corneal transplant is not a quick fix. However if your vision is poor with contact lenses, and you cannot wear them for long, and you've tried lots of different types of contact lenses, then a corneal transplant could be thing for you.

You say that your vision in your right eye is very poor without a lens. I can't see much without my lenses either but I have back-up pair of glasses that give me some vision which I use first thing in the morning and last thing at night, or just to give my eyes a rest.


Re: Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Tue 06 Sep 2016 1:05 pm
by Nashaax3
Hi Lia,

Many thanks for this.

With contact lenses together very good. With my right eye I struggle to read from distances still. But my left eye overpowers my right eye.

I have tried glasses but my vision has become so bad now that my optometrist suggest to not have the glasses any more. I would like to give my eyes a rest by having this option as wearing the lenses constantly for 12+ hours a day hurts my eyes and make it very uncomfortable. I always have to rub them afterwards. I do put drops in throughout the day but they do become red and sore still.


Re: Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Tue 06 Sep 2016 5:16 pm
by Lia Williams

Try not to rub your eyes as there are various reports that suggest that it could make keratoconus worse. Not easy, I know, when eyes itch but eye rubbing is not recommended.

What is your eyesight like without lenses? If you can manage this could be why the optometrist has recommended that you don't have glasses any more. Sometimes people can manage without their glasses, especially if one eye still has reasonable vision, and because the glasses don't give as good vision as with contact lenses they don't get worn. The optometrists then get complaints that patient has bought an unnecessary pair of glasses.

It may be worth investigating whether a different type of contact lens is more suitable for you. There lots of different designs and materials so a change of lens type or material may help.


Re: Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Tue 13 Sep 2016 10:55 am
by Anne Klepacz
Hi Natasha,
I had transplants in both eyes in my 30s. But by that time, my rgps were very uncomfortable to wear AND they didn't give me anything like decent vision. As Lia says, grafts aren't a quick fix so only usually done when contact lenses are no longer adequate.
I used to be a terrible eye rubber immediately after taking out my lenses. But I've finally weaned myself off this - instead, I rub the bones around my eyes and by some miracle, that seems to give the relief I need!

Re: Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Tue 20 Sep 2016 1:31 pm
by Nashaax3
Hi Lia, I am trying to stop rubbing my eyes now. without lenses I can't read anything unless it is up close like an inch away from my eyes. I had a chat to my optometrist and they have looked at how aggressive the keratoconus is now and has referred me for a cornea cross linking. Think i need to read up more on this. Thank you for your advice.

Hi Anne, ah ok. Yes I currently have that issue in my right eye but my left one is ok for now. So all rgps I have had fitted to my right eye have always fallen out and just wont settle properly. The vision too is now deteriorating in my right with rgp lens. I will see what the CXL does and see what happens then. Ah fab thank you for the advice on the eye rubbing i will try this in the future.


I’m not sure what I have. Help

Posted: Wed 07 Feb 2018 12:27 pm
by Jan
Hi all, I have been told I need a cornea transplant by the hospital, when I asked the specialist what was wrong he said, you have a pump that is under the cornea that is not working to get rid of water, so I’m water logged and what may happen is suddenly my eyes will go cloudy then I need to go in then again it may not happen but you will come here every six months and we will keep an eye on you, has anyone here heard of this please, thanks. Jan x

Re: Am I qualified for a Cornea Transplant?

Posted: Wed 07 Feb 2018 4:06 pm
by John Smith
Your cornea is made up of several layers of cells, and the job of the back layer (the endothelium) is indeed to pump water out of the cornea.

Unfortunately, we are born with a number of these endothelial 'pump' cells, and they are never replaced. So it does indeed sound feasible that you could need a full thickness transplant (also called a penetrating keratoplasty, or PK) to get some new cells from a donor. If you have KC, then your misshapen cornea will also be corrected by the procedure, but not usually to the extent that you are cured of your KC.

The transplant's job for KC is to make your vision correctable by either glasses or contact lenses.

Many of us here have transplants, so there are people here who can reassure you.

All the best,