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The cornea is a layer that makes it easier to focus light in front of the eye. If it is damaged, it may need to be replaced. Now, let’s take a look at what needs to be known about corneal transplantation.

What is Turkey corneal transplant surgery performed for reasons such as scarring due to corneal injury or infection, corneal ulcers or wounds from an infection, thinning, clouding or swelling of cornea? How is corneal transplantation performed? Why is corneal transplantation necessary? What are the possible problems with corneal transplantation? All and more in our news…


The transparent layer in front of the iris layer, which is the colored part of the eye, is called the cornea. After the Rays entering the eye first pass through this tissue, they reach the nerve layer, which we call the retina, and vision occurs.

Corneal Transplantation in Turkey graft, also known as corneal graft, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by donated corneal tissue (graft). Keratoplasty means corneal surgery in Turkey.

Antalya Dunya Goz Corneal transplantation can be done with a full layer of corneal tissue, as well as transplantation of only the upper layer or lower layer of the cornea.

One of the features of the cornea that makes it transparent is that it is without veins. The absence of veins in the tissue provides a significant advantage in tissue transplantation. Because of this, it is not possible for cells that cause tissue rejection to reach foreign tissue.


Rays of light passing through a damaged cornea can strike and change your vision.

Corneal transplant Turkey in hospital corrects several eye problems, including:

  • Scarring due to corneal injury or infection.
  • Corneal ulcers or “wounds” from an infection.
  • Medical condition that makes your cornea bulge (keratoconus).
  • Thinning, clouding or swelling of the cornea.
  • Hereditary eye diseases such as Fuchs dystrophy and others.
  • Problems caused by early eye surgery.


Organ rejection

It’s when the body’s immune system sees transplanted tissue as something that shouldn’t be there and tries to get rid of it. Rejection is a problem experienced in 3 out of every 10 people who undergo a corneal transplant.

Warning signs on the body that a corneal transplant has been rejected include:

  • Eye pain.
  • Being extra sensitive to light.
  • Eye redness.
  • Cloudy or hazy vision.

Tell your Turkish ophthalmologist immediately if you have any of these symptoms. The drug can stop corneal rejection.

Sometimes a corneal transplant can also cause other eye problems. These:

  • Infection.
  • Bleeding.
  • Detachment of the retina (where the tissue covering the back of the eye moves away from the eye).
  • Glaucoma (with increased pressure inside the eye).

When a corneal transplant works as needed, other eye problems can limit the quality of vision. For example, the new cornea may not be curved (called astigmatism), or you may have eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy for treatment in Turkey.

Some people may need more than one corneal transplant. The first transplant may be rejected or other problems may arise. However, a repeat transplant has a higher rejection rate than the first.


Before surgery:

When you and your doctor decide to have a corneal transplant, your name is notified to the corneal Bank and you are put on the waiting list.

Donated corneal tissues are evaluated by eye banks in terms of adequate cell count, tissue quality and transparency; they are screened for infectious diseases with tests such as hepatitis, HIV.

If the appropriate tissue is found for you (the waiting period may take several months), you will be called for transplant surgery within a few days.

Day of Eye laser surgery:

For your age, General Health, and additional diseases of the eye, surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. On the day of surgery, you will usually be advised to take regular medications with little water, without breakfast. Those who use blood thinners such as Aspirin stop these drugs 1 Week in advance in accordance with the recommendations of their doctor.

Turkey eye hospital transplant surgery (Keratoplasty) and after.

Corneal transplant surgery is performed in sterile conditions with the help of a surgical microscope. Apart from the corneal tissue, the equipment and technology to be used in the operation differ according to the transplant technique.

After removing damaged or blurred corneal tissue in full-coat corneal transplants, donor corneal tissue is fixed to the eye with stitches. These stitches are removed one by one 6 months after surgery in parallel with wound healing. Although there is better vision immediately after surgery than before, the best vision is achieved after 6 Months – 1 year, after taking the stitches that create astigmatism and giving appropriate glasses or contact lenses. Some stitches may be permanent, depending on the condition of the eye.

In DSEK seamless corneal transplantation operation after the donor corneal tissue is prepared with special devices called microkeratoms, the recipient is placed seamless on the inner surface of the recipient eye. A small air bubble injected into the eye is also used to fix the graft. Only instead of surgery, stitches are placed to be removed after 1 Week. A few days after surgery, vision reaches the targeted level.

After corneal transplant surgery in Istanbul Turkey, patients use eye drops for some time to prevent infection and rejection reaction.

Apart from heavy exercise and avoiding eye bumps, nothing will change your daily life. After surgery, you can return to your normal life within a week. 1 after surgery. Day, 1. Week 1 It is done in the form of once a month and then 6 months.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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Medically Reviewed by Professor Doctor Alper Demirbaş
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