Artificial Cornea

A traditional corneal transplant involves using a tissue from a donor cornea. However, in some cases, multiple traditional corneal transplants may fail due to underlying condition of the patient’s eye or a patient may not be a good candidate for natural tissue transplant due to special circumstances. When natural cornea transplant is not an option, artificial cornea or keratoprosthesis, may help to restore precious vision.

Boston Keratoprosthesis (Kpro) is the most commonly used artificial cornea in the United States and in the world. The keratoprosthesis is made of clear plastic with excellent tissue tolerance and optical properties. It consists of three parts but when fully assembled, it has the shape of a collar-button. The device is inserted into a corneal graft, which is then sutured into the patient’s cornea like in standard transplantation.

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Indications for Boston KPro

  • Multiple graft failures,
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid
  • Ocular burns (acid and alkali)
  • Aniridia


Prior to surgery, a detailed history will be taken by the performing surgeon. This helps to assess the corneal condition and determine if the patient is a good candidate for Prosthokeratoplasty.  During implantation of the Boston KPro, the device is assembled with a donor corneal graft positioned between the front and back plate, that is then sutured into place in a similar fashion like a traditional corneal transplant. If you have your natural lens in the eye, it has to be removed during the procedure.

Post-Operative Care

Follow-up exams are usually required the first day, during the first and second weeks after surgery and then bimonthly for the first year. After this time, examination by the surgeon every three to four months may be sufficient. Because the prosthesis is made of synthetic materials, prophylactic antibiotic drops must be used indefinitely to prevent eye infection.

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers..

Is Keratoprosthesis surgery covered by insurance? In most cases, the cost of Keratoprosthesis is covered by major U.S. medical insurance plans. 

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