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These procedures are partial thickness corneal transplants which replace the innermost portion of the cornea rather than the full thickness of the cornea as in standard corneal transplants.

DMEK surgery (Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty ) is carried out when the eye’s innermost corneal layer (the endothelium) has failed. This is a layer of cells that work as a pump, draining fluid out of the eye so when the pump fails, the cornea becomes swollen and cloudy, reducing vision.

The surgery is a form of corneal transplant which involves the use of human donor corneal tissue. The endothelium is replaced with the donor graft, leaving only the healthy part of the cornea in place.

The procedure is done through a small incision in the side of the cornea and takes under an hour.

This surgery should improve your vision after one to two months with further improvement over a longer time. DMEK is like another corneal procedure called DSEK (Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty) but with DMEK, it is only the backing layer (Descemet’s membrane) that is removed from the donor.

After the operation, the eye will have a patch and there should be minimal discomfort. You should lie on your back for the first 24 hours then your surgeon will remove the patch and examine your eye. You will be given antibiotic and steroid drops to prevent infection and help healing.

As with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. With DMEK surgery, there is a risk of corneal graft rejection, but this occurs less often than with other forms of corneal graft.

Your surgeon will discuss all the benefits and risks in full at your consultation. At the McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications.

DSEK surgery (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty)is carried out when the eye’s innermost corneal layer (the endothelium) has failed. This is a layer of cells that work as a pump, draining fluid out of the eye so when the pump fails, the cornea becomes swollen and cloudy, reducing vision.

The surgery is a form of corneal transplant which involves the use of human donor corneal tissue. The endothelium is replaced with the donor graft, leaving only the healthy part of the cornea in place.

The procedure is done through a small incision in the side of the cornea and takes under an hour.

This surgery should improve your vision after one to two months with further improvement over a longer time. DSEK surgery is like another corneal procedure called DMEK (Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty) but in DSEK the endothelium includes tissue from the stroma (one of the layers in the cornea).

After the operation, the eye will have a patch and there should be minimal discomfort. You should lie on your back for the first 24 hours then your surgeon will remove the patch and examine your eye. You will be given antibiotic and steroid drops to prevent infection and help healing.

As with all surgical procedures, there can be some risks. With DSEK surgery, there is a risk of corneal graft rejection, but this occurs less often than with other forms of corneal graft. There is also the risk of glaucoma.

At the McIndoe Centre, we do everything we can to minimise risk of complications. Your surgeon will talk to you about any possible specific complications before you decide to have your operation.

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