What should I bring to an appointment at the WVU Eye Institute?

Copies of records from any previous eye care providers are always useful.  If possible bring the actual bottles of any medications you are using to avoid confusion and guess work.   Providing the actual intraocular lens implant cards from previous eye surgeries is helpful.

Can a corneal transplant be rejected like a kidney or liver transplant?

Yes.  Corneal transplant tissue can be rejected by the body’s immune system.  This is more frequent and severe in younger recipients than those that are older.  Unlike organ transplant the risk of rejection of cornea tissue can be reduced with the use of eye drops rather than powerful oral medications.

Does insurance cover a cornea transplant?

Usually insurance coverage is not an issue, as there are accepted diagnostic and procedure codes which most companies accept. The staff at WVU Eye Institute can review insurance coverage and copay amounts with you prior to scheduling your procedure.

Is surgery done as an inpatient or outpatient setting?

The vast majority of our procedures are done as an outpatient in the same day surgery operation rooms on the second floor on Ruby Memorial Hospital.  Post-operative follow-up visits at the WVU Eye Institute are typically scheduled the day after surgery, then one week and one month later.