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DMEK


Parker Cornea patient Mark Boesel had resigned himself to a life with impaired vision, until Dr. Parker performed DMEK on each eye. Watch his story.
Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) is the least invasive and most effective procedure available to restore vision in an eye limited by Fuchs’ dystrophy. Defective pump (endothelial) cells in the cornea affected by Fuchs’ are replaced with healthy pump cells from a donor cornea.

DMEK is minimally invasive, virtually painless, and done through the smallest suture-less incision, thus minimizing recovery time. More than 75 percent of patients who undergo DMEK surgery will achieve 20/25 vision or better. Because there is no increase in the thickness of the cornea, it is often nearly impossible to tell that an eye that has had DMEK surgery ever had Fuchs’ dystrophy at all.

Dr. John Parker was one of the first ophthalmologists in the U.S., and the first in the region, to perform DMEK surgery. Dr. Parker has offered this innovative surgery to his patients since 2011 and has performed the procedure hundreds of times.

View all of our DMEK patient videos on our YouTube page.