Cornea Transplant Center

According to a 2014 survey of visual impairment and blindness, 0.6% of Thai people are blind and 12.6% are visually-impaired. Over 92% of blindness cases could have been prevented and more than 76.8% could have been treated. In this way, once you experience corneal symptoms including blurred vision, sensitivity to light, cloudy cornea or frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions, you should see an eye doctor before the symptoms become so severe, leading to blindness. Corneal transplant is a treatment method used to restore vision to those with a cornea condition or a damaged cornea.
Bumrungrad’s Cornea Transplant Center is the first private hospital in Thailand to offer a comprehensive range of treatment and care services for corneal diseases especially those complex ones. The Center features a team of experienced ophthalmologists with advanced expertise in corneal transplant both the full-thickness type and the Lamellar keratoplasty, which involves selective removal and replacement of diseased corneal layers, with modern medical technology and equipment throughout the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up process.
Cornea Transplant Center Services
The Center offers the following services related to corneal diseases:

  • Visual acuity test
  • Vision measurement
  • Corneal curvature measurement
  • Intraocular pressure measurement
  • Extraocular muscle function test
  • Anterior eye segment examination of the cornea, conjunctiva, iris and pupil
  • Posterior eye segment examination of the retina, vitreous, and optic nerve terminals
Corneal Transplant
  • Penetrating keratoplasty
  • Lamellar keratoplasty involves selective removal and replacement of diseased corneal layers, reducing risks associated with a full corneal transplant and requiring smaller incisions.
    • Upper anterior/upper layer corneal transplant By changing the cornea from the corneal epithelium, Bowman layer, and corneal stroma.
    • Endothelial keratoplasty involves selective removal and replacement of from the lower stroma, Descemet's membrane layer, and corneal endothelium.
Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) involves using an excimer laser in treating several corneal disorders including hereditary corneal dystrophy, anterior corneal scarring, and uneven corneal surface. 

Corneal collagen cross-linking involves the use of the ultra-violet A to treat keratoconus by strengthening collagen fibers in the cornea, thereby keeping the cornea from bulging more and stabilizing or improving vision. 

In an intrastromal corneal ring segment implant, certain rings are placed in the deep, peripheral corneal stroma in order to stabilize the corneal shape and strengthen the cornea structure.
  • Corneal deformities
This happens when part of the cornea bulges, as a result of the cornea thinning with no known cause, leading to keratoconus of different types.  With this disorder, patients experience  blurred or warped vision, sensitivity to light, or frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions. The symptoms generally become more severe and reach the worst within about 10–20 years.
  • Keratitis
This is an inflammation of the cornea, which usually stems from a bacterial or viral infection or injury to the cornea. Symptoms include eye redness, eye pain, excess tears, discharge, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. This often occurs in those wearing contact lenses regularly. The disease progression rate depends on infection severity. Complications include corneal perforation, vitreous inflammation, secondary glaucoma, and secondary cataract.
  • Corneal degeneration
Often caused by genetics, it negatively impacts the function of the cornea, causing blurry vision.
  • Corneal ulcer
This is often related to corneal abrasion and infection. A small and shallow ulcer may heal within a few days. If the ulcer is very deep, scar tissue may form, causing opacity and little light passing through, resulting in impaired vision.
  • Corneal edema (Swelling of the cornea)
This happens when the fewer endothelial cells of the innermost layer of the cornea do not function properly causing a fluid build-up, losing clarity and focusing power.  Corneal edema may be caused by an autosomal dominant inherited corneal dystrophy, glaucoma, herpes infection or shingles, or an injury.
  • Cornea transplant rejection
This happens when your immune system recognizes the donated cornea as not belonging to you and attacks it, causing such symptoms as decreased vision, redness, discomfort, watering, and sensitivity to light.

Our medical team consists of ophthalmologists who specialize in corneal transplant and other specialists in related fields including psychiatrists  who provide pre-surgery consultation, heart disease and diabetes specialists, anesthesiologists, and a multidisciplinary team with extensive experience in caring for ophthalmic patients.
  • Corneal Topographer, for anterior corneal surface imaging and corneal thickness measurement
  • CLARUS, comprehensive ultra-widefield retinal camera
  • Eye screening equipment for anterior segment
  • Endothelial cell count equipment
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Contact Number

  • Tele-Consultation with Doctor Click

Service Hours

  • Cornea Transplant Center
    Service Hours: 8.00-20.00 (BKK Time)
    Outside of business hours, please contact the 24-hour emergency department.
  • Service hours for centers/clinics may change without prior notice due to safety protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we ask that you please schedule your appointments in advance or call to recheck service hours before travelling to the hospital. Tel. 1378 (local calls only)


  • Cornea Transplant Center
    Building A, 18th Floor
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