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Most patients seeking corneal transplants in Turkey want to save costs, find highly skilled ophthalmologists, and reduce waiting time. Seeking cornea transplant treatment in non-private hospitals will likely place you on a waiting list. And during this period, your eyesight may worsen.

A cornea transplant is complex; finding an effective treatment from a skilled overseas surgeon than a local doctor with less experience should be your priority.

The Benefits of Choosing Cornea Transplant Turkey Clinic 

The Procedure Is More Affordable Abroad

The cost of health care in the US, UK, and Australia has been rising for the past few years. Medical procedures cost 40% - 50% less abroad.

You Can Access More Treatment Options 

Traveling abroad for treatment will open other possibilities or introduce a better, more effective treatment.

Highly Skilled And Experienced Surgeons

The surgeons are highly experienced with years of practice. Their clinics are accredited by renowned institutions like Joint Commission International JCI or International Organization for Standardization ISO.

Treatment That's Worth Your Money 

Finding a specialist abroad will be more cost-effective than visiting an amateur doctor in your local country.

You Get Access To Superior Patient Care Services

Most doctors usually see their patients once a month. So, an average doctor spends fewer than seven minutes with a patient. Ultimately, this means that patients don't experience good patient care services from their doctors.

On the other hand, if you travel abroad to receive treatment, you can expect to be treated with care and respect when you go for treatment abroad. The surgeons in these reputable hospitals take the time to talk to patients.

It Is Safe To Have The Procedure Abroad 

You will find the surgeons are highly experienced with years of practice. Their clinics are accredited by renowned institutions like Joint Commission International JCI or International Organization for Standardization ISO.

Corneal Transplant Cost In Turkey 

Corneal Transplant in Turkey Cost €12000 per eye. But, some factors increase the treatment price, like the location of the clinics, the surgeon's experience, the technique used, and the type of treatment.

The Best Candidate For Keratoplasty In Turkey 

The ideal candidate for corneal transplant treatment includes those showing the following symptoms: 

  • Cornea scarring because of an injury or an infection

  • Cornea ulcers or sores from an infection

  • Keratoconus; is a medical condition that makes the cornea bulge out 

  • thinning, clouding, or swelling of the cornea

  • inherited eye problems such as Fuchs' dystrophy

  • Damage caused by earlier eye operation

The Next Steps If You Plan To Have Corneal Transplant In Turkey 

  • Check the local regulation: Knowing how the treatment is regulated in your chosen country is essential. It will help you identify reputable clinics registered with the governing body or national association. It will also tell you about your rights.

  • Prepare a list of questions for your doctor: prepare a list of questions to ensure you receive quality treatment. Common questions to ask - do they provide a translator? Do they have patients' testimonials? Is the clinic registered with the national association?

  • Trust your instincts: This personal element should not be underestimated since the treatment can be traumatic for many people. Mainly when undertaken in a foreign country and in unfamiliar surroundings. You should trust your instincts as much as the raw data. If a clinic feels wrong, then walk away.

  • Have a clear expectation of the results: understand the necessary procedure plan. 

  • Choose a surgeon registered with an international governing body like the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Or any other reputable international board. 

  • Verify the surgeon's experience. Ask about the surgeon's education, additional fellowship training, and how often they performed the treatment.

  • Schedule an online consultation. Most clinics or hospitals that work with international patients offer this service. 

Once you decide on a clinic, we will plan and arrange an all-inclusive treatment package in Turkey that suit your personal preference. To ensure you get the best surgeon in Turkey.

Corneal Transplant Clinics(33 Clinics)

Luna Clinic Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Luna Clinic Turkey Verified
  • Preliminary and follow-up examination
  • 98% would recommend
  • 1000+ operations last year
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Istanbul European Clinic
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul European Clinic Verified
  • 97% would recommend
  • Uses cutting-edge tech
  • Accredited by TSAPS (Turkish Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery)
  • Well-equipped staff
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Dunyagoz Etiler
Istanbul, Turkey
Dunyagoz Etiler Verified
  • Founded in 1996
  • Has 2,500 employees
  • 7 days, 24 hours service
  • Monitored by ISO 9001
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Memorial Atasehir Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Memorial Atasehir Hospital Verified
  • Accredited by JCI
  • Award-winning surgeons
  • High review rate
  • 7/24 working center
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Koç Healthcare Institutions
Istanbul, Turkey
Koç Healthcare Institutions Verified
  • Follows strict standards to deliver exceptional services
  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Founded in 1997
  • Internationally recognized surgeons
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Acibadem Maslak Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Verified
  • 90% would recommend
  • ISO 9001:2008 and JCI accreditations
  • Leed Gold Certified
  • 231 patient rooms
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Memorial Antalya Hospital
Antalya, Turkey
Memorial Antalya Hospital Verified
  • Designed with modern medical technology
  • Uses the latest technology
  • Has 132 patient beds
  • Accredited by American College & JCI
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Medipol Mega University Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey
Medipol Mega University Hospital Verified
  • One of Turkey's largest hospitals
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • High review rate
  • Online doctor consultations
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Dunyagoz Antalya
Antalya, Turkey
Dunyagoz Antalya Verified
  • Advanced post-op care system
  • High quality hygiene policy
  • 97% would recommend
  • Internationally trained surgeons
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Florence Nightingale Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey
Florence Nightingale Istanbul Verified
  • Accredited by ISO, JCI and the TUV
  • Premium facility
  • Follows the latest treatment trends
  • 700 bed capacity
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By Abdulaziz Ali - Medically reviewed by Prof. Akif Ozdamar, on Apr 21, 2024

What is a Corneal Transplant? 

A corneal transplant is an operation to remove all or part of the damaged cornea replacing it with healthy donor tissue. 

Often referred to as keratoplasty or corneal graft, the procedure improves sight, relieves the patient, and can treat severe infections or damage. 


Corneal Transplant Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatment options available for the vision problem include: 

  • Conjunctival flaps
  • Anterior stromal puncture
  • Amniotic membrane transplantation 
  • Phototherapeutic keratectomy 
  • Bandage contact lenses 
  • Hypertonic saline eye drops

Cornea Surgery Recovery Time

The recovery time for a corneal transplant depends on types of corneal transplants. Typically, it can take about 18 months to experience the final results of a full-thickness transplant. 

Sometimes, the vision may fluctuate before it improves. Some patients may require wearing corrective lenses even after the vision returns. 

How is Cornea Transplant Surgery Performed?

During the procedure, the doctor removes a circular piece of the damaged cornea from the center of your eye and replaces it with a healthy cornea. 

Most cornea transplant surgeries involve transplanting the full thickness of the cornea. But, with modern technology, doctors can perform partial corneal transplants. 

The full-thickness transplant or penetrating keratoplasty involves the removal of the circular piece of your damaged cornea, and the new one is replaced and held in place by tiny stitches. 

What Should I Expect After Keratoplasty Treatment?

After the procedure, you should wear eye shields to protect the eyes during the healing process. To help the new tissue stay in place, lie on your back. 

Prepare to take rest after the cornea transplant. Avoid strenuous activities, eye rubbing, or pressing the eye. 

The doctor will schedule the follow-up clinics and monitor your progress. In case of complications, contact your doctor.

Cornea Transplant Surgery Side Effects

Some of the possible complications you can develop after a cornea transplant in Turkey include: 

  • Inflammation on the middle layer of the eye
  • Recurrence of the original eye disease
  • Surgery reopening resulting in wounds
  • Internal infection due to open wounds
  • Glaucoma due to pressure building up in the eye
  • Astigmatism 
  • Red eye
  • Light sensitivity or photophobia
  • Vision problems 
  • Eye pain

Cornea Transplant Treatment Results

Most patients report a high satisfaction rate, and cornea transplant surgery in Turkey has a success rate of 70% - 90%.

How To Prepare For Corneal Surgery Treatment

  • Stop Aspirin and other medications that might contain blood thinners weeks before the procedure.   

  • Do not smoke tobacco at least two weeks before the procedure.

  • Use the antibiotic drops before the procedure to prevent an infection.

  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs that might affect anesthesia.

Corneal Transplant Quick Facts 

Procedure Corneal Transplant
Duration Less than an hour
Stay 2 - 3 nights
Cost in Turkey €12,000 per eye
Anesthesia Local anesthesia
Recovery 2 - 3 weeks
Final Results 18 months
Side Effects Red eye, light sensitivity or photophobia, vision problems
Risks Glaucoma, Astigmatism, Internal infection
Success Rate 90%
Exercise After 3 - 4 months
Back To Work After 2 - 3 weeks
Scars No
Pain No
Related Procedures Bandage contact lenses

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which country is best for cornea transplants?

Many patients like to travel to medical tourism hubs and believe they provide the best healthcare. Also, geographical location plays a role. Turkey and Hungary have gained a reputation as top destinations for medical treatment. 

The vast number of patients who travel to these destinations adds value to their experience and understanding of international patients' expectations.

How long is the waiting list for a corneal transplant?

One of the significant benefits of having treatment in Turkey is avoiding waiting time. In some countries like the UK and USA, there is a waiting time for a specific procedure, which can take months. But in medical tourism countries, it is reduced drastically. In some cases, with no waiting time.

Can a cornea transplant last a lifetime?

A cornea transplant can last a lifetime, but there is a possibility you will need to replace the cornea if there is cornea transplant rejection.

How long does a corneal transplant operation take?

The procedure takes less than an hour, and you may leave the hospital the same day or stay overnight, depending on the procedure. 

What is the success rate of a corneal transplant?

Corneal transplant success rate ranges between 90% after a year and 74% after five years. Typically, the success rate depends on the patient’s surgery and health. 

How long does it take to recover from corneal transplant surgery?

The recovery time for a corneal transplant depends on the type of procedure. Typically, it can take about 18 months to enjoy the final results of a full-thickness transplant. 

Does a corneal transplant cure vision?

A corneal transplant can restore vision and improve the appearance of a damaged or diseased cornea. 

Is corneal transplant surgery painful?

No. The doctor will place you under local anesthesia to be comfortable during the procedure.