If you are considering a corneal transplant in Austin or Kyle, Texas, Descamet’s Stripping with Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) at Westlake Eye Specialists may be for you! DSEK is a partial corneal transplant technique that replaces only damaged cell layers as opposed to the whole of the cornea.
Benefits of DSEK include: faster and stronger healing, improved visual recovery, and a smoother eye surface. DSEK can be used to treat corneal illnesses such as Fuchs’ Dystrophy, and pseudophakik bullous keratopathy.
During the procedure, the abnormal corneal lining is removed, to be replaced by a thin, circular corneal disc (from a donor), that is placed inside of the eye. Once in place, an air bubble pushes holds the new corneal disc in place until it heals in the correct position.
DSEK is performed under a local anesthesia, and the procedure takes approximately forty-five minutes. After the procedure, for a full day, we will ask that you lay on your back with your face pointed toward the ceiling to the extent that you are able to tolerate. This process assists the graft in staying in position and helps in the healing process.
For more information about the DSEK partial corneal transplant, contact us at our Austin or Kyle, Texas locations to schedule a consultation today.