Corneal Transplant Surgery (DSEK)
Corneal transplants are performed on patients who have poor vision due to a cloudy or scarred cornea from either trauma, surgery, prior infection or certain types of hereditary eye diseases such as keratoconus.
At A Center for VisionCare, we’re pleased to provide Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty for cornea transplantation. Referred to as DSEK (Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty), this procedure involves replacing just the damaged inner cell layer of the damaged cornea, rather than replacing the whole thickness of the cornea, as in corneal transplant surgery. With DSEK a thin piece of donor corneal tissue is inserted through a small incision. The results are a smoother corneal surface with increased speed of healing, as compared to a traditional full-thickness corneal transplant.
Benefits of DSEK
- Stronger corneal integrity with less sutures
- Faster recovery and rehabilitation
- Reduced chance of corneal graft rejection
- Much improved vision: several weeks rather than several months
DSEK is specifically suited for patients who have posterior corneal diseases with endothelial dysfunction. Patients with corneal conditions such as Fuch’s dystrophy, bullous keratopathy or failed prior corneal transplants are surgical candidates who may benefit from the DSEK technique.
If you think you may benefit from this procedure who may need a corneal transplant, please schedule a consultation today by calling 818-762-0647.