Corneal Transplant

  Why Use Professor Stephanie Watson

  Prof Watson is a corneal specialist with experience in the range of options available to treat your specific condition to ensure you achieve the optimal visual outcome. As a specialist, she is often sought out for second opinions or referred complicated cases.

  She has an international reputation for her innovative research on corneal surgery.

  She trains local and international doctors in corneal surgery including transplantation.

Why Are Corneal Transplants Performed?

  • The cornea is the clear outer lens on the front of the eye.
  • Corneal transplants are typically recommended for people who have:
    • Vision problems caused by thinning of the cornea (usually due to keratoconus) when less invasive treatments are not an option.
    • Scarring of the cornea (from severe infections or injuries)
    • Vision loss caused by cloudiness of the cornea (usually due to Fuchs Dystrophy)
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Full Graft

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Donor Tissue

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Partial Graft

Corneal Transplant Techniques

  • A corneal transplant (or corneal graft) is surgery to replace the cornea with tissue from a donor. It is one of the most common transplants performed.
  • There are several types of corneal transplants, the traditional technique is called "penetrating keratoplasty".
  • During this procedure a small round piece of your cornea is removed. The donated cornea is then sewn into the opening of your cornea.
  • Recently an alternative technique called Lamellar Keratoplasty has increased in popularity due to advances in instrumentation.
  • In this technique only the inner or outer layers of the cornea are replaced, rather than all the layers.
  • You will probably be awake for the surgery, although you will receive medications to block pain and assist the operation.


Post Operative Care
  • You will probably be able to go home the same day as the surgery.
  • Prof Watson will prescribe eye drops to help your eye heal and prevent infection and rejection.
  • You will require followup visits with Prof Watson, the initial visit will be the day following your surgery
  • Your stitches will most likely be removed at a followup visit, although some patients will not require this step
  • The timing of a full recovery will differ by patient, Dr Watson will be able to guide you here.

To make an appointment with Dr Stephanie Watson, phone 02 9389 0666.

Bondi Junction

Level 11
1 Newland Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022

  (02) 9389 0666

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