How Much Does a Corneal Transplant Cost?

A corneal transplant is the process of replacing a damaged cornea in someone’s eye.  A cornea is the round clear part located at the front of the eye.  It is responsible for transmitting light into the eye so that we can see things.  A damaged cornea results in blurred or glared vision since scars or swelling causes light to be scattered as it enters the eye.

When this happens, a corneal transplant or penetrating keratoplasty or corneal graft, is recommended to replace the damaged or infected cornea with the healthy cornea from a human donor.  Corneal transplantation is one of the most commonly performed transplant surgery and has a very high success rate.  Last year, more than 40,000 patients in the United States availed of the quick and painless procedure.  The cost is usually covered in part by Medicare and health insurers, with copay by the patient for a certain amount that is imposed by the insurer.  The healthy cornea must be strictly a donation as buying or selling human tissue is prohibited.

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