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Eye Cornea transplant surgery is more widespread on a global scale than other organ transplants. Thanks to it, many visually impaired and blind people have regained normal vision. 

Keratoplasty, or corneal transplant, is the most frequently performed graft worldwide (more than 100,000 transplants each year). It was performed for the first time in 1887 by Arthur Von Hippel. It is also considered to be the oldest tissue transplant that was performed successfully in humans. Keratoplasty has the best long-term survival (nearly 70% survival after 10 years).

In practical terms, it is a matter of replacing the diseased part of the cornea with a healthy tissue. This tissue is generally taken from a deceased donor.

In Turkey, nearly 600 keratoplasty are performed by eye doctors each year. 


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Who is this procedure for?

  • People with a sick or damaged cornea
  • People suffering from keratoconus, chemical burns of the cornea and corneal stromal dystrophies

Side effects

  • Transplant rejection
  • Infection
  • Glaucoma

Intervention or treatment's duration

  • The operation lasts between 1 to 2 hours

Recovery time

  • A work stop of 8 to 21 days may be prescribed
  • The scarring of the corneal transplant is very slow (more than 5 years)
  • Final visual result 6 months to a year

Success rate

  • 90%
How it works ?

What are the indications for Eye Cornea Transplant Surgery

If you have a damaged cornea, you may experience symptoms, including:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Blurred vision.

Your ophthalmologist in Turkey will determine the cause and other possible treatments that can resolve these symptoms. If your cornea cannot be repaired using other methods, your surgeon may recommend a keratoplasty.

The types of diagnoses that require corneal grafting

Conditions that damage your corneas and affect your ability to see clearly may require a keratoplasty. These conditions include:

  • Fuchs dystrophy: a condition in which cells in the inner layer of the cornea die. This causes the cornea to swell and thicken, and vision becomes blurred.

  • Keratoconus: a condition that causes the cone-shaped cornea instead of a dome
  • Infections that cause permanent damage to the cornea.
  • Traumatic lesions that penetrate or scars in the cornea.
  • Previous eye surgeries that damaged the cornea.
  • Bullous keratopathy: a swelling of the cornea similar to a blister that causes eye discomfort, pain and blurred vision.
  • Keratitis: an inflammation of the cornea caused by viruses, bacteria or parasites.

Techniques of Eye Cornea Transplant Surgery

These procedures are not done using a laser, but with very specific tools. This allows the ophtalmic surgeon to make extremely precise lamellar cuts (especially a microkeratome). Given the precision required for this type of procedure, it is recommended that you contact an experienced eye surgeon.

There are several types of transplants such as: 

  • Perforating graft ( penetrating keratoplasty, PK ): in this case, the entire thickness of the diseased cornea is replaced by the donor cornea. The procedure takes about 40 minutes. It is also called full thickness transplant procedure.
  • Lamellar grafting: only the partial thickness of the diseased cornea that is sick is replaced. If the diseased part is located in front of the cornea (for example keratoconus), an anterior lamellar graft is performed. If the endothelium is affected, a so-called posterior lamellar graft is performed.

The advantage of this technique is that it negates the risk of endothelial rejection. In case of an anterior lamellar graft, since the patient keeps his/her own endothelium.

The operation takes about 80 minutes. A corneal graft can also be combined with another procedure, such as cataract extraction.

The most modern endothelial grafting technique is the DMEK (Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty). It consists in inserting only a membrane graft of Descemet, without any part of the corneal stroma, into the eye.

This more difficult technique gives better results than other older endothelial grafting techniques such as: DSAEK (Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty). Its graft consisted of the Descemet membrane plus the corneal stroma.

Corneal Transplant Cost in Turkey & Istanbul’s Best Clinics

Turquie santé introduces the best cornea transplant surgeons. They will be in charge of performing keratoplasty that has a success rate ranging between 70% and 90%.

Corneal transplant cost in Turkey with our partner clinics and hospitals is more affordable than what you may think. It is crucial to mention that our prices are 50% cheaper than France. Our platform offers a guide to prices and rates for your medical stay. We also provide cheap cosmetic surgery and prices of the best clinics for cornea transplant in Turkey and Istanbul.

Frequently asked questions

Corneal transplants are indicated in the following cases:

  • Fuchs dystrophy: degenerative disease causing premature aging of the cornea;
  • Keratitis: bacterial, viral or parasitic infection of the cornea;
  • Keratoconus: deformation of the cornea in the shape of a cone;
  • The rejection of a previous graft;
  • Replacement of an aged graft;
  • Corneal trauma.

Keratoplasty can be done at any age, up to the age of 90.

The return of vision would be a few days after the operation. However, the sharpness of vision would be achieved very gradually. As for precise and final visual acuity, it would be obtained after six to twelve postoperative months.

The success rate of cornea transplant in Turkey is 90%.

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Clinics & Verified Reviews

DUNYAGOZ ETILER  0
  • Network of 25 Clinics in Ophthalmology
  • 2 Clinics in Germany and 1 in Amsterdam
  • 96,000 patients in 2017
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


NET GOZ  0
  • Clinic specializing in Ophthalmology
  • Famous surgeons
  • Good satisfaction rates
Certifications:
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


EKOL HOSPITAL  0
  • Multispecialized hospital
  • Hospital founded in 2007
  • Very good reputation in ENT department
Certifications:
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


MEMORIAL Ataşehir cheap price Cornea transplant 3
MEMORIAL Ataşehir
Istanbul, Turkey
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  •  Multi-specialty hospital with 143 beds
  •  Appreciated and recognized medical personnel
  •  Founded in 2008
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
ISO 9001:2008


DUNYAGOZ ATAKOY cheap price Cornea transplant 4

Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


MEMORIAL Bahçelievler  5
  • Ultra Modern New Hospital
  • Multispecialized hospital
  • VIP class
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


DUNYAGOZ ANTALYA  6
  • Network of 25 ophthalmology clinics
  • 2 clinics in Germany and 1 in Amsterdam
  • 96,000 patients treated in 2017
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


HIZMET By Memorial cheap price Cornea transplant 7
HIZMET By Memorial
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Multi-specialty hospital of good reputation
  • 7 operating rooms
  • Capacity of 77 beds
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


MEMORIAL Şişli  8
MEMORIAL Şişli
Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Grand Hospital founded in 1999
  • 200 Beds
  • 53,000 square meters

 

Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


HISAR INTERCONTINENTAL  9
  • Multispecialized hospital
  • 7 operating rooms
  • Capacity é of 170 beds
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008


MEMORIAL ANKARA  10
MEMORIAL ANKARA
Ankara, Turkey
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  • Member of the American Hospital Association (AHA)
  • Capacity of 230 beds
  • The best hospital in Ankara
Certifications:
Joint Commission International
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO 9001:2008