Corneal transplant rejection
A corneal transplant can be identified and attacked by the patient’s immune system. This happens in only 1 in 6 patients in the first 2 years after transplantation and can cause transplant faiure. Transplant rejection is much more common in PK.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of rejection early so anti-rejection medication can be started early.
Symptoms of rejection are:
- Red eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Reduced vision
- Mild pain
- If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact Dr Green’s clinic immediately
Rare but serious complications
- Sight-threatening infection (1 in 1000)
- Severe haemorrhage causing loss of vision (1 in 10 000)
- Retinal detachment
- Acute laucoma
When a transplant fails the cornea becomes cloudy again and vision becomes blurred. This will require a repeat corneal transplant to restore vision.
Long-term anti-rejection eyedrops can cause Glaucoma and Catarata. Tese may need to be treated with eyedrops or surgery.