The Pantheo Lecture in Ophthalmology

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Title: Corneal Transplants: Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Dr Michalis Palos, MD, Ophthalmologist, Pantheo Eye Centre


Corneal transplantation is a procedure whereby a damaged cornea is replaced by a donor graft. When the entire cornea is replaced the procedure is known as penetrating keratoplasty, and when only part of the cornea is replaced it is known as lamellar keratoplasty (anterior or

The reasons for proceeding with a corneal transplantation are: corneal scarring due to an injury or an infection; corneal ulcers, a medical condition that makes the cornea bulge out (keratoconus); thinning, clouding, or swelling of the cornea; inherited eye diseases, such as Fuchs’ dystrophy and others; problems caused by an earlier eye operation.

About the Speaker:

Dr Michalis Palos is an ophthalmologist who works at Pantheo Eye Center. He received his initial medical training at Charles University in Prague and specialized in ophthalmology at the same
University. He received additional training for Cornea and External Eye disease from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

His research interests include keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, corneal transplantation, new developments in corneal surgery, amniotic membrane transplantation and ocular surface


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