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Corneal Transplantation at FV Hospital: A Chance for Bright Eyes with an Imported Corneal Source

Corneal transplant surgery is the optimal treatment to help reduce the rate of blindness caused by corneal diseases. However, in most corneal transplant cases in Vietnam for the time being, patients have to wait for donor cornea tissue to become available, or spend money seeking treatment overseas.

Since May 2016, FV Hospital has launched its corneal transplant surgery service, performed by the world’s leading expert, Prof. Donald Tan, in cooperation with a team of specialists in FV’s Ophthalmology and Refractive Surgery Department, headed by Dr Nguyen Thi Mai.

Through this programme, FV is the first private hospital to perform corneal transplantation in Vietnam for patients with long-term vision impairment due to corneal diseases, such as corneal ulcers, corneal dystrophy and corneal scarring. All donor corneal tissue at FV is imported from reputable eye banks in the US, thereby shortening the waiting time for surgery for patients.

FV has applied many worldwide advanced corneal transplanting methods to help increase its transplant success rate as well as ensure less complications after surgery. These include:

  • Penetrating keratoplasty – removal of the whole cornea
  • Anterior lamellar keratoplasty – removal of the damaged part of the cornea, retaining the heathy part
  • “Tooth in eye” surgery – for those with severe corneal damage
  • Corneal surface reconstruction
  • Artificial corneal transplants
  • Endothelial keratoplasty

After nearly 3 years of implementation, the corneal transplant surgery service at FV has helped many people restore their eyesight, including cases of long-term vision loss.

Prof. Donald Tan

Prof. Donald Tan – former President of the World Corneal Society, has more than 30 years of experience contributing to the treatment and surgery of corneal transplantation. Prof. Donald Tan is ranked among the top 20 eye surgeons in the world and is third in the list of the 100 most influential people in modern ophthalmology globally, voted by The Ophthalmologist on Power List magazine (UK).

To schedule an appointment with Prof. Donald Tan, please contact: (028) 5411 3333, extension 2000.