Cornea Transplantation


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

24 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Corneal transplantation, a pivotal intervention for various corneal disorders, involves replacing damaged or diseased corneal tissue with a healthy donor cornea. The goal of the procedure is to restore visual function, addressing conditions such as keratoconus, Fuchs endothelial dystrophy, and corneal scars. Techniques have evolved from full-thickness transplants to selective lamellar procedures like Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) and Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), enhancing outcomes and reducing complications. This continuing education activity thoroughly explores corneal transplantation, encompassing anatomy, historical context, indications, contraindications, surgical techniques, and recent advancements.

Clinicians engaging with this activity will gain comprehensive insights into the evolving landscape of corneal transplantation. From understanding the historical progression to mastering modern techniques such as DSEK and DMEK, clinicians enhance their competence in patient assessment, surgical decision-making, and postoperative care. The activity emphasizes the importance of effective communication with patients and collaboration within a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Clinicians are equipped with the latest knowledge on advancements in immunology, tissue banking, and surgical approaches, ensuring they stay at the forefront to provide optimal care to patients undergoing corneal transplantation.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify potential candidates for corneal transplantation by conducting comprehensive evaluations, considering factors such as the nature of corneal disorders, patient history, and suitability for various transplantation techniques.

  • Apply a comprehensive understanding of corneal anatomy, history, indications, contraindications, personnel, equipment, techniques, and complications to enhance decision-making and surgical proficiency.

  • Assess postoperative outcomes and complications, monitoring patients for signs of rejection, infection, or other adverse events, and adjusting treatment plans accordingly.

  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary healthcare team, including ophthalmic surgeons, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and other professionals, to ensure coordinated and patient-centered care throughout the transplantation process.


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Commercial Support: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Physicians and Physician Associates: StatPearls, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians and PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Please consult your professional licensing board for information on the applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity.

Method of Participation and Credit

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  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the FDA. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on StatPearls expressly disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with FDA requirements, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA-approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

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Lloyd R. on 2/22/2023

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