Dr. Perl and Corneal Associates of New Jersey are excited to offer Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK), a revolutionary procedure for patients in need of a corneal transplant. With some corneal diseases, the vision may become cloudy. This happens when the eye’s endothelial cells are damaged. These cells are located at the back of the cornea. Since only these cells are damaged, the patient can have a partial transplant.
DSAEK is performed to replace the endothelium layer of the cornea, for diseases such as Fuchs dystrophy. Corneal Associates of New Jersey is one of the few practices in the US to perform this advanced treatment. In DSAEK, a surgeon uses special instruments to enter the cornea. Next, the surgeon removes the rear part of the cornea, called Descemet’s Membrane. Once the damaged Descemet’s Membrane has been removed, a donor membrane is inserted.
There are no stitches after the procedure, so fewer follow up exams are needed. Like many procedures, DSAEK may not be appropriate for some people with particular corneal diseases. The knowledgeable staff of Corneal Associates of New Jersey can help decide if this advanced treatment is appropriate for you.