Keratoplasty, or corneal transplant, is available as a solution for patients suffering from corneal pathology. There are various types of keratoplasty available to prospective patients depending on the severity and the histological layer affected. Surgeries such as keratoplasty have been observed to cause distress among prospective patients, which may impede recovery. Patient education in a timely and appropriate delivery can help alleviate preoperative anxiety. Creating patient education materials for keratoplasty can help prepare for surgery and subsequent recovery. These materials utilize both 2D and 3D design tailored to the unique needs of low-vision patients to teach them about their options for keratoplasty. One part is visual information cards illustrating each operation offered that incorporate visually-accessible design. Another part is an interactive 3D-printed resin model of the cornea highlighting the layers to be removed and replaced. Both are to be used within a consultation to supplement the ophthalmologists’ explanation to alleviate preoperative anxiety and provide useful information on the surgical and recovery process.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Cornea--Transplantation--Models--Design; Cornea--Transplantation--Audio-visual aids--Design; Patient education--Audio-visual aids--Design
Department, Program, or Center
Medical Illustration (CHST)
Rachel A. F. Wozniak
DeSimone, Chynna, "Corneal Transplant Education in a Clinical Setting" (2023). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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