A keratoprosthesis is not
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).
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- A diagram of the eye
- Definitions and descriptions of the parts of the eye
- A concise description of the human retina
- Definitions of parts of the retina
- Diseases and disorders of the human eye and the human visual system
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