Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP) or traditional full thickness corneal transplant is a surgical procedure where the central two thirds of the diseased cornea is removed and replaced with a clear healthy donor tissue which is secured in place with sutures.
A PKP eye surgery requires a full year to heal. Attaining maximum visual recovery may require a contact lens if the surface of the new cornea is somewhat irregular.
Patients with a PKP must protect the eye indefinitely and avoid injury as such event may split the incision open.
More advanced types of corneal transplants such as Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) or anterior lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) target the diseased layer of the cornea making these procedures more selective. These newer techniques give the added advantage of faster healing, less restriction in activity and improved integrity of the eyeball with reduced risk of injury to the eye.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with the experienced cornea specialists at Washington Eye Physicians and Surgeons to learn more about Penetrating Keratoplasty and discuss treatment options for corneal transplants.