What is a corneal transplant, and how is the DSEK procedure performed? Learn the answers to these important questions and read all about the DSEK corneal transplant surgery right here.
Your cornea may become damaged via direct trauma, or via degenerative disease. In this case, vision may be impaired, and there may be pain and other symptoms as well.
So what is a corneal transplant? Well, as the word “transplant” implies, during corneal transplant surgery your damaged cornea will be replaced with a undamaged, clear cornea from a donor.
However, with the DSEK procedure, or Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty, the full cornea is not actually replaced. Instead, only some of the posterior or inner layers of the cornea are replaced with healthy tissue.
DSEK corneal transplant surgery is a newer technique, and it’s also a complex procedure, requiring a skilled cornea specialist to successfully and safely perform.
There are many benefits to DSEK corneal transplant surgery, including:
- A smaller wound with fewer, or no, stitches
- Quicker healing and full vision in just three to six months, compared to one year
- Chances of infection or irritation are reduced, as is susceptibility to other injuries or rupturing