Corneal Transplantation

Svjetlost is the only clinic in Croatia and among the few in the world using both the conventional DSAEK and improved method UT-DSAEK for endothelial lamellar transplantation. Moreover, Svjetlost offers corneal transplant surgery without waiting lists, 365 days a year.

The most modern method, lamellar transplantation (DSAEK and UT-DSAEK), was performed for the first time in Croatia and the whole of South East Europe in the clinic Svjetlost. The clinic today is an internationally recognized transplant centre to which 40% of the patients come from abroad. The clinic Svjetlost applies an individual approach to all patients when it comes to choosing the most suitable donor tissue. Our graft survival rate is 95% in low-risk patients and 70% in high-risk patients.

Svjetlost experts, prof. Nikica Gabrić, PhD and prof. Iva Dekaris, PhD are Croatian pioneers of corneal transplantation with ocular tissue the quality of which was tested in a certified eye bank. They are the founders of the first Croatian eye bank established in 1995, the authors of the first Croatian book on eye banking and co-authors of two European textbooks on eye banking and corneal transplantation. Our most experienced surgeons have performed more than a thousand corneal transplants during their 20 years of experience. Prof. Iva Dekaris, PhD was the President of the European Eye Bank Association (2010-2013), now acts as EEBA Vice president, and was re-elected by the European experts to become President of EEBA for the period of 2019 to 2022.

Crois d.o.o. is a private company that is not linked to or owned by or being a part of the Svjetlost Eye Clinic.