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Corneal diseases

We use a variety of techniques

To treat corneal diseases, at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital we use a variety of techniques, depending on the patient's condition and involvement.

Keratoplasty or cornea transplant

Cornea transplant or keratoplasty involves fully or partially replacing the cornea with a cornea from a donor, in order to treat congenital or acquired corneal opacities (white spots, loss of transparency), or corneal deformities like progressive keratoconus.

Concerning our transplant-related techniques, along with traditional penetrating keratoplasty (full thickness), we use another technique that enables us to focus exclusively on the affected area of the cornea. This is known as lamellar keratoplasty, and goes by the initials DALK and DSAEK.


Keratoconus is a progressive loss of vision due to corneal deformation caused by abnormal collagen fibres.

With the cross-linking technique (riboflavin and ultraviolet light), we are able to regenerate these fibres, especially if this is done during childhood or adolescence, which can change the clinical course of keratoconus in a favourable direction.

The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Ophthalmology Department

In the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's Ophthalmology Department we diagnose and treat children with vision problems, whatever the complexity.