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Why are corneal transplants increasingly common?

Our corneas are the only part of the body that are, when healthy, crystal clear. On the inside of the cornea there is a single layer of cells -- endothelial cells -- that are unique in that they don’t reproduce. Over time, and following trauma, infections, surgery or certain inherited disorders these cells can fail. When endothelial cells are damaged, the cornea is no longer clear and vision is compromised.

As the population ages, the need for corneal transplants is becoming more common, and thanks to advances in technology, the transplant procedure has become far less traumatic.

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