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.
Unfortunately 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 can advise the most appropriate
treatment for individual cases.
This section includes short definitions of clinical and surgical procedures
concerning the eyes and human visual system. For definitions of other
terms in this category, choose from the list to the left.
Other related pages include the diagram
of the eye, and definitions
of parts of the eye, a description
of the human retina, and the section about disorders
of the eye and visual system.