Corneal Transplant Specialist


Martin L. Fox, MD, FACS

Cornea & Refractive Surgery located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If your cornea loses its transparency or shape, you may need a corneal transplant to restore your vision. At Laserfox, Martin L. Fox, MD, FACS takes the traditional corneal transplant to a new level with his use of femtosecond laser technology, allowing for incredible precision and predictably successful outcomes in much less time than traditional transplant procedures. In fact, most of Dr. Fox’s laser-assisted corneal transplant patients in New York City experience 20/40 vision or better. If you’d like to find out whether a corneal transplant is right for you, call or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

Corneal Transplant

What is a corneal transplant?

A corneal transplant, also known as a keratoplasty, is a procedure in which Dr. Fox replaces the central portion of your cornea with that of a donor in order to restore optical clarity and visual function.

The cornea is the outermost focusing lens of your eye, so when it’s damaged, it distorts the visual image rather than focusing it properly, compromising your vision.


Why would I need a corneal transplant?

There are many reasons why you might be a good candidate for a corneal transplant:

  • Advanced keratoconus
  • Scarring of your cornea from disease, infection, injury, or previous surgery
  • Corneal opacification (clouding)
  • Swelling
  • Complications from a previous surgery


How is a laser-assisted corneal transplant done?

If you require a corneal transplant, Dr. Fox first designs a surgical plan that guides the laser in preparing your cornea for the replacement. A cooperating eye bank finds suitable donor tissue, which is thoroughly checked for viability and health, and Dr. Fox prepares this corneal tissue, making use of the same femtosecond laser settings determined in your surgical plan.

Dr. Fox is one of the few surgeons in the New York City area who offers this femtosecond laser corneal transplantation technique. Traditionally, surgeons use imprecise manual techniques to prepare the donor tissue, creating lengthy healing periods with high astigmatism after healing. The precise, laser-created outline on your cornea and on your matched donor tissue allow for a perfect fit.

This technique greatly reduces:

  • Recovery time
  • Wound instability
  • Astigmatism

Dr. Fox performs the procedure on an outpatient basis at the Clarity Refractive Center in West Orange, New Jersey.


What are the results of a laser-assisted corneal transplant?

Results vary from one person to the next, but most experience a dramatic improvement in their vision in just over six weeks.  Over 75% of people who’ve undergone the laser transplant over the last two years with Dr. Fox have achieved 20/40 (driving vision), and 25% improved to 20/25 or better.

To learn more about laser-assisted corneal implant procedures, call Dr. Fox, or request an appointment using the convenient online booking tool.