(Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty)
The Nielsen Eye Center is proud to offer DSAEK – one of the most advanced procedures for those with corneal problems. Whereas traditional corneal transplants involve completely removing all sections of the cornea (there are five of them), causing discomfort, many sutures and many visual complications, DSAEK decreases these problems by replacing just the two top layers of the cornea (endothelium and Descemet’s membrane). This changes what was once a very invasive procedure into a quicker one with fewer complications. As a result of this new procedure, the incidence of corneal rejection is virtually eliminated and patients are often seeing better and sooner than with the traditional corneal transplant method.
About The Procedure
This procedure is done in an outpatient surgical center where patients will be mildly sedated, and the eyes will be numbed with drops. The doctor makes a small incision through which he or she prepares and removes the layers of the cornea for transplantation. Through this same small incision, the doctor places a thin layer of the donor cornea. The doctor then places an air bubble to correctly place, and help maintain the donor cornea in place. The patient usually stays laying down for 10-15 minutes to make sure the donor cornea stays in place. The patient then goes home, but is restricted to a laying in bed with his/her face towards the ceiling for the rest of the day. The patient uses antibiotic and steroid eye drops post operatively.