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New techniques for corneal transplantation are associated with improved safety and more rapid visual recovery along with equal or, in some cases, better visual results, says Anthony Aldave, MD, director of the Cornea Service at UCLA Stein Eye Institute.

Corneal transplantation, which replaces a patient's damaged cornea with donor corneal tissue, is the most common and most successful type of human transplant surgery; approximately 40,000 procedures are performed in the United States each year. The cornea — the clear tissue that forms the front of the eye — can become diseased, affecting vision and requiring transplantation as a result of a variety of conditions, including progressive distortion in the shape of the cornea (keratoconus), scarring secondary to infection or injury, and inherited dysfunction of the cornea's inner layer, leading to corneal swelling (Fuchs' dystrophy).

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