1/22/09 - Keratoconus and Corneal Transplant Info

My best description of Keratoconus is that it is a degenerative disease that results in a warping of the cornea (outer layer or lens of the eye) such that it become conical shaped (basically changing from the spherical shape of a half of a basketball to the conical shape of a road cone). Usually, Keratoconus can be treated via contact lenses, but in about 10-20% of cases, the degeneration is bad enough that a Corneal Transplant is needed. In short, a Corneal Transplant is just what it sounds like, basically, a Dr. removes the outer layer of your cornea and replaces it with a donor cornea (usually held in place via stitches).

The following are a bunch of links that I think are good for people that want to learn more about Keratoconus and Corneal Transplants:

First, some fun, this is how people with Keratoconus see – I basically have ALL of these symptoms, fun huh? - http://drspinello.com/kcvision/album/

The best general resource I have found is Wikipedia (of course):

Keratoconus entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerataconus
Corneal Transplant entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corneal_transplant

There are also a ton of great blogs, written by people that have had transplants and the following is one of my favorites - http://www.febo.com/eyes/diary.html

Basically, one of the reason’s that I wanted to write this blog is that I have found that many of the diarys/blogs like the one above are a bit dated and I thought people might want a more current view of events.

You can basically use the above links to navigate to all kinds of great stuff about the disease and the treatments, but it is also worth mentioning a great non-profit organization called The National Keratoconus Foundation (http://www.nkcf.org/) that supports people with the disease


  1. There are those who find themselves in need of a corneal transplant. Many go through the conventional Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) procedure. The surgeon removes part of the patient's unhealthy, clouded cornea (what should be the clear film that lies over the iris) and replaces it with a cadaver's donated tissue. Clinics for Corneal Transplant in Thailand

  2. Corneal Collagen Crosslinking with Riboflavin or (C3-R) is a relatively new treatment. In past decades surgeons would have to perform a corneal transplant to improve the vision of keratoconus patients. Now they have developed a new treatment that helps strengthen the cornea and stop the damage that keratoconus patients could suffer from this progressive disease. Hospitals for Cornea Transplant in Thailand

  3. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about this vision problem. It is alarming that many people in the world, at any age, already have this eye problem. well then, just also wanna share this one: Experienced Keratoconus Eye Doctors in the Boston Area keratoconus Boston
    I hope it could also help somehow. Keep it up!

  4. I just had my 2nd Corneal transplant and am finding this to be harder then the first transplant

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