Keratoprosthesis

Ophthalmic Procedures
Labelled Diagram of the Eye

A keratoprosthesis is not an ophthalmic procedure but is included in this section of terms about ophthalmic procedures because a keratoprosthesis is used (though rarely) in certain ophthalmic operations.
(That this term concerns the cornea of the eye is indicated by the part of the term "kerato-" which refers to the cornea of the eye, and is also applied to other terms in this section - listed on the left).


A keratoprosthesis is an optically clear artificial implant (prosthesis) that may be implanted into the cornea of the eye to replace a part of the patient's own cornea that has become too cloudy to see through, or completely opaque.

The technique of use of keratoprostheses has not been found to have as good as success rate as some other treatment methods and is therefore generally only used as a last resort or in very particular situation. Ophthalmologists advise the most appropriate treatment.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

Other related pages include

For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook) The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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