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How to Know If You Need a Cornea Transplant

The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped tissue that covers the front of the eye. It is crucial in focusing light and protecting the eye from external elements. However, certain conditions or injuries can damage the cornea, leading to vision problems. In such cases, a cornea transplant may be necessary to restore vision and improve overall eye health.

If you’re experiencing vision issues or have been diagnosed with a corneal condition, a corneal implant may be right for you. But how do you know if it’s time for one? Let’s take a look at five common signs to watch for.

Severe Visual Impairment

One of the primary indications for a cornea transplant is a severe visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or other standard vision correction methods. If your vision is significantly blurry, distorted, or hazy despite wearing corrective lenses, it may be a sign of corneal damage or disease.

Our skilled ophthalmologists at Kung Eye Center can evaluate your condition and determine if a cornea transplant is the best course of action.

Corneal Scarring

Corneal scarring can occur due to various conditions, such as infections, trauma, or certain eye diseases. Scarring can lead to a significant decline in vision quality, causing blurred or distorted vision. If you notice a whitish or opaque area on your cornea or experience vision problems due to scarring, a cornea transplant may be recommended for you.

Our experienced team at Kung Eye Center can assess the extent of corneal scarring and advise you on the right treatment options for you.


Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the cornea becomes thin and cone-shaped, causing distorted vision. In the early stages, glasses or contact lenses may help correct vision. However, a cornea transplant may be necessary to restore visual acuity as the condition worsens. Many people with keratoconus experience vision loss, including blurred or hazy vision in sunlight. If you encounter this condition, speak to us immediately about a cornea transplant.

Corneal Degeneration

Corneal degeneration refers to the gradual deterioration of the cornea, resulting in vision loss and discomfort. Various factors, like aging, genetic predisposition, or certain eye diseases, can cause this condition. If you’re experiencing a decline in vision accompanied by eye pain, sensitivity to light, or excessive tearing, it’s important to seek professional help.

Our skilled ophthalmologists at Kung Eye Center can diagnose the underlying cause of your corneal degeneration and determine if a cornea transplant is the most suitable solution.

Corneal Infections

Corneal infections, such as bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, can significantly damage the cornea if left untreated. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as eye redness, pain, discharge, or vision changes, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial. A cornea transplant may be necessary to remove the infected tissue and restore vision.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re experiencing any of the signs mentioned above or have been diagnosed with a corneal condition, consulting with a trusted ophthalmologist is essential.

At the Kung Eye Center, we are dedicated to providing exceptional eye care and specialize in cornea transplant procedures. To schedule a consultation, call our Staten Island, NY, or East Brunswick, NJ offices or use our online scheduling form.

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Please call our New York office at (929) 429-2928 or our New Jersey office at (732) 724-2535 with any questions you may have.