Gender plays no role in the success of corneal transplants, according to founder of the Australian Corneal Graft Registry (AGCR) Keryn Williams.

Williams was responding to a British study of 18,000 patients which found a higher rate of successful transplants in female patients who got their new corneas from other women instead of men.

She said: ‘We reported back to our surgeons that following the paper from Britain, we have looked back at our 30,000 plus records in Australia and we just don’t see it. We know that in Australia the gender of recipient and donor doesn’t matter very much.’

ACGR is the world’s leading corneal graft registry.