Corneal Transplant

What is a corneal transplant and why would you need it?

Corneal Transplant illustrationThe cornea is the clear structure in front of the eye that covers the iris and the pupil. When the cornea is swollen or scarred, it can result in blurred vision and/or discomfort. Corneal scarring may result from infection or injury. Corneal swelling or cloudiness may be hereditary. There may even be an abnormal shape to the cornea, resulting in poor vision. Anything that damages the cornea can impair your vision. However, by replacing the abnormal cornea with a healthy one, your vision can be dramatically improved.

Changes in corneal transplant surgery start at Krieger

In corneal transplant surgery, the damaged cornea is surgically removed, and a clear donor cornea is sutured into place. The Krieger Eye Institute at Sinai Hospital uses an advanced suturing technique that reduces the surgery time, healing time, and offers faster improvement in vision.

Less risk, faster healing

Every year, over 40,000 corneal transplants are performed in the U.S. They're by far the most common and successful of all types of transplants. With the new suturing technique, only one continuous stitch is used to attach the donor cornea. As a result, there's less stretching of the new cornea. That means less distortion, less astigmatism, and a faster recovery of vision after surgery.

The Krieger Eye Institute brings a special perspective to your vision

Our physicians at the Krieger Eye Institute are not only medical specialists in ophthalmology, each of them also has additional training in special fields.

At the Krieger Eye Institute, you have the convenience of one community location, with access to a renowned team of board-certified physicians. We use the most advanced technology available, and our staff has been carefully chosen for their exceptional skills.


For appointments and more information, call 410-601-2020.