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What are the risks and complications of and EK procedure?

Risks and complications associated with EK (Endothelia Keratoplasty) can include:

  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Infection
  • Swelling of the retina, causing temporary or permanent blurring of vision
  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma or high pressure in the eye
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Loss of corneal clarity
  • Poor vision or total loss of vision
  • Loss of the eye.

There is also risk of rejection, where the body’s immune system starts to fight against the donated corneal tissue. Symptoms of rejection are redness, blurry vision and light sensitivity. This can happen at any time months or years after the transplant, and can occur after EK as well as traditional penetrating keratoplasty.

Another complication that can occur from the EK procedure is a graft dislocation, where the circular disc slips from position, requiring surgery to reposition it.

If EK fails, a full-thickness corneal transplant can still be performed.

EK is not for everyone. Some people with corneal scarring or other conditions are not suitable candidates for the procedure. Your ophthalmologist will discuss your condition with you and explain the best treatment options.

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