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The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. But if the cornea becomes to diseased or damaged, a corneal transplant may be needed.
In this interview, Dr. Ramzi Hemady, an ophthalmologist and corneal specialist at the University of Maryland Medical Center, discusses the type of conditions that may require a corneal transplant, such as infections or injuries. He also describes how a corneal transplant is done, the recovery time and what physicians do to lower the risk of rejection.
In this interview with Sharon Boston, Dr. Hemady also discusses how advances in partial corneal transplants may speed recovery for some patients. Dr. Hemady is also associate professor and acting chairman of ophthalmology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
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