Factors Influencing Graft Clarity

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Successful penetrating keratoplasty depends on both host- and donor-related factors. We compared the results of keratoplasty in a group with a wide range of donor ages to gauge the effect of donor age on graft success. We conducted a retrospective review of donor data, recipient age, preoperative diagnosis, and postoperative complications with respect to graft clarity at 24 months after surgery in 99 consecutive patients in an effort to determine the role of donor age in graft clarity. The only factors that we isolated that appeared to influence graft clarity at 24 months postoperatively were a preoperative diagnosis classified as inflammatory/traumatic and the occurrence of postoperative complications. There was no association between graft clarity and recipient age, donor age, death-to-preservation time, or preservation-to-surgery time.

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