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Cost Estimate For Corneal Transplant In India


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Corneal Transplant Cost

USD 1300

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Total Cost

USD 1420

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Corneal Transplant Cost USD 1300

Budget Stay Expenses (2 person * 4 days * 15 USD) USD 120

Airport Pickup Charges (Free service provided by easycure ) USD 0

Interpreter Charges (Free service provided by easycure ) USD 0

The charges mentioned are just an estimate and are subject to change, depending on the specifics of patient. Please contact our team to get a personalized treatment plan and quote for your treatment. We are happy to help!

Corneal Transplant Overview

Cornea is a transparent, dome-shaped (like a ball) surface on the front of the eye that accounts for eye’s focusing power and helps in clear vision/sightedness.
Just like a window, cornea lets light enter into the eye and thus, makes images clear and sharp. It is composed of a special type of collagen. It normally contains no blood vessels, and contains only nerve endings.

Corneal Transplant is a Surgical intervention procedure in which damaged corneal tissues are replaced with healthy tissues taken from a donor. This is the most common type of human transplant surgery and has the highest success rate. Eye banks acquire and store eyes from donors who are deceased or has died, to supply the need for transplant corneas. Corneal tissue can be stored for upto 14 days in eye bank before being used for transplant.

Corneal transplant helps treating various eye conditions, such as corneal scarring because of an injury or an infection; corneal ulcers or “sores” from an infection; Keratoconus – A medical condition in which cornea bulges outward like a cone; thinning, clouding or swelling of the cornea; inherited eye diseases such as Fuchs’ dystrophy or Complications due to any previous eye surgery.

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Corneal Transplant is done only when damage to the cornea is too severe and can’t be treated with corrective lenses or medical management. Occasionally, corneal transplant is combined with other eye surgery such as cataract surgery to solve multiple eye disorders within one procedure.


Cornea can be damaged regardless of age. Sometimes due to disease, injury or infection. A damaged cornea disturbs the path of light entering into the eye which in turn leads to distortion in vision and may also be a painful condition.


  • A detailed eye examination and laboratory test to check for risk factors that may lead to complications post-surgery.
  • Measurements of the patient eye to determine the specifications of the size of donor cornea needed.
  • Review of all medications and supplements the patient is taking, some of the medications may need to be discontinued before or after the surgery to avoid any adverse drug reactions.
  • Antibiotic drops will be prescribed the day before transplant to help prevent infection.
  • Any existing medical condition of eye, such as infection or inflammation, may reduce the chances of a successful corneal transplant so it will be controlled or treated before the surgery.


In most cases, these surgeries are done as outpatient procedures and rarely needs hospitalisation. Patient will most likely be conscious/awake during the transplant procedure. Local anaesthesia will be injected around the eye to block pain and control eye movement during the surgery. Also relaxing medications will be administered. Surgery usually takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

  • Patient may need to stop eating and drinking fluids after midnight the night before the surgery.
  • On the day of the surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothing. DO NOT wear any jewellery. DO NOT put creams, or makeup on your face or around your eyes.
  • It is advisable to be accompanied by someone while going back home after the surgery.


Patient can go home on the same day of surgery and will be provided with an eye patch to wear for about 1 to 4 days to prevent injury to new cornea. Initially post- surgery, eye may feel scratchy and irritated. Vision will be somewhat blurry for several months. The first stage of healing will take about 3-4 weeks. After this phase, patient will need to use contact lenses or glasses. These may need to be changed or adjusted several times in the first year after the transplant. Eye drops will be prescribed to help healing and prevent infection and rejection along with pain-relieving medicines. Stitches will be removed at a follow-up visit.


Full recovery of eyesight may take up to a year. Most people who have a successful corneal transplant will have good vision for many years. The donated tissue usually lasts a lifetime. If any underlying medical condition exists, there’s still chances of vision loss. Laser vision correction may be an option for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism after transplant has fully healed.


A corneal transplant is considered a fairly safe procedure, but there can be risks and possible complications. In about 1 out of 5 transplants, the body’s immune system attacks the donated tissue. This is called Rejection. Sometimes it can be treated with medical management, but in few cases patient may need another transplant. Nowadays, DSEK and especially DMEK procedures are most common as very little donor tissue is used there’s a much lower risk of rejection with these procedures.

Patient should be careful post-surgery and immediately visit emergency if any signs and symptoms of rejection is experienced, like:

  • Decreased vision
  • Flashes of light or floaters in the eye
  • Light sensitivity (sunlight or bright lights hurt the eye)
  • More redness in the eye
  • Eye pain

Other risks may include: Infection, bleeding, higher pressure in the eye (called glaucoma), clouding of the eye’s lens (called cataracts), swelling of the cornea, a detached retina (when the back inside surface of the eye pulls away from its normal position).


Frequently Asked Questions About Corneal Transplant

Q: What is the success rate of Corneal Transplant surgery?

A: In normal conditions where patient don’t have any co-existing medical condition, success rate of Corneal transplant may be as high as 90% with clear vision by use of glasses/contact lenses.

Q: How can I get a donor and what is the viability of graft?
A: Mostly corneal tissues (graft) are taken from a deceased donor and eye-bank keeps a reserve of corneal tissues in its laboratory. Cornea tissues can be stored for up to 14 days before transplantation.

Q: What are the chances of graft rejection?
A: Since cornea doesn’t have blood-supply; chances of rejection is very less. In only 10% cases rejection occurs for which another transplant is performed with different tissues.

Q: Can Corneal Transplant treat blindness?
A: In blindness where optic nerve (which goes directly to nerve) is damaged cannot be treated by corneal transplant. Corneal transplant can only treat blindness or vision loss due to corneal tissue damage.

Q: Can u see clearly after corneal transplant?
A: Eyesight would gradually improve a few weeks after a corneal transplant, but it could take anywhere from a couple of months up to a year to have restored clear vision in the eye.

Q: Will my vision will be restored fully if I also have astigmatism after corneal transplant?
A: In cases where there is existence of other medical condition of eye such as Astigmatism, myopia or hypermetropia, laser treatment may be required after the transplant has been completely healed. This helps in restoring clear vision.

Q: Can damage to cornea be treated without transplant?
A: If the damage is not so severe and not very painful or distorting clear vision it may be managed by use of glasses, but eventually there will be thinning of cornea and there may be a need to undergo corneal transplant.

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