" New EYES for Old—Corneal Transplants" was the spectacular title of an article published in Hygeia last year.1 According to this article, corneal transplantation is no longer experimental but has been proved in several thousand operations, and the factors making for its success or failure are well established. It also stated that the technic has been improved to the point where it may be undertaken with the same degree of confidence as may any other major operation on the eye. Publicity of this type has misled the public into believing that corneal transplants are a cure for total blindness and that new eyes can be transplanted to replace diseased ones. It is unfortunate that this article appeared in Hygeia, a magazine designed for the layman and approved by the medical profession.
The layman is not alone in his lack of knowledge on the subject of corneal transplantation. Many members of
STANSBURY FC. CORNEAL TRANSPLANTATIONVisual and Cosmetic Results. Arch Ophthalmol. 1949;42(6):813-844. doi:10.1001/archopht.1949.00900050824010