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Can astigmatism be corrected with surgery if you have cornea transplants?    

Corneal transplantation is performed for opacities of the cornea (the optical window at the front of the eye) and replaces the abnormal cornea with a new and clear cornea from a donor. Whether there is residual astigmatism will depend upon a combination of the surgical technique and biological healing which is not always predictable. The transplant therefore can correct pre-existing astigmatism which is ideal, but it may carry with it a new astigmatism after healing takes place. If significant, your corneal transplantation surgeon can offer techniques to minimize it.

Answered by: Richard Bensinger, MD  Dr. Richard Bensinger

Categories: Vision Correction 

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Answered: Aug 20, 2012

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