Age "not a factor" in corneal transplant success

Age "not a factor" in corneal transplant success

The age of the donor is not a factor in the success of corneal transplants, a recent study has found.

Research carried out by experts at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and published in the Archives of Ophthalmology showed that neither the age of the donor nor the length of time or method by which a transplanted cornea is preserved has an effect on success rates.

Lead investigator Dr Sanjay Patel and colleagues came to the conclusion after examining the eyes of 388 patients periodically for 20 years after corneal transplant.

He explained: "The findings in our study provide additional evidence that increased death to transplant time has no effect on graft failure, which is important information for surgeons who import donor tissue."

by Adrian Galbreth

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