Methanol Intoxication Victims are Suitable Donors for Corneal Transplantation. Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose. To evaluate the outcome of corneal transplantation and the feasibility of tissue donation from donors with methanol intoxication. Methods. Four corneas from two methanol intoxication victims were procured and transplanted in four patients at our medical center. The outcome and graft survival were evaluated. Results. The recipients were between 12 and 49 years of age. Indications for transplantation were keratoconus (two patients), post-traumatic corneal perforation (one patient) and alkaline burn (one patient). The follow-up period ranged between 12 and 60 months. All grafts remained clear, and the postoperative visual acuity was 20/30 in keratoconus patients and 20/60 in others. Conclusions. The methanol intoxication victims appear to be suitable donors for corneal transplantation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to report successful corneal transplantation from donors with methanol intoxication.

publication date

  • January 1, 2000