Most patients are discharged within 24 to 48 hours of the penetrating keratoplasty (full thickness cornea transplant). Partial thickness patients can go home on the same day too!
The eye is covered with an eye pad that can be removed one day after the surgery. Initially the vision may be blurred but it’s normal and improves gradually.
Although there shouldn’t be any pain after the surgery, but sometimes there may be some swelling or discomfort in the operated eye. If a bubble is placed in the transplant to keep the donated cornea in place, you may be asked to lie on your back as much as possible until the bubble gets absorbed gradually in a few days.
Care of Eye After Corneal Transplant
Once the patient is discharged from the hospital after the procedure and the eye pad is removed, there are certain points to remember for the care of the cornea transplant eye, such as:
– Don’t rub the operated eyes
– Avoid exertion and strenuous exercise including heavy lifting during initial weeks after the surgery
– You can return to non-strenuous job after 2 – 3 weeks after the procedure
– If your job requires strenuous labor then you need to wait for at least three to four months to return to work
– Avoid dust and smoke and anything that may irritate the eyes
– Wear sunglasses to avoid sunlight sensitivity
– Avoid letting water into the eyes for at least a month when you wash your face or bathe
– Don’t drive until the vision gets to normal and the specialist declares you fit for driving
– Follow the medication regularly as prescribed by the doctor
Post Corneal Transplant Complications and PVR PROSE Treatment
Issues such as dry eyes, astigmatism and poor vision can arise after the corneal transplant. If things get worse, tissue rejection may also occur and the specialist must be consulted immediately in case of any unexpected symptoms.
PVR PROSE (precision vision rehabilitation prosthetic replacement of the ocular surface ecosystem) is a specialized device used to support or replace the impaired ocular surface system and not only enables vision but also protects the ocular surface.
The PVR PROSE device helps post corneal transplant patients in restoring their vision and helps in healing the cornea during the recovery phase too. The artificial tears film between the cornea and the lens helps resolving the symptoms of dry eye as well. The material used in the PVR PROSE device is gas permeable so that the oxygen supply to the cornea remains adequate while the liquid between PVR PROSE and cornea provides lubrication constantly, bathing the eye through artificial tears.
If you’re experiencing any unexpected symptoms after the corneal transplant then contact the experts at Global Complex Eye Care immediately and discuss in detail the condition and cause of the symptoms. Also discuss if PVR PROSE Treatment can be beneficial in your specific condition.