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DSAEK


Linda Ball researched ophthalmologists all over the country before finding Parker Cornea to correct her Fuchs’ dystrophy. Watch her story.
Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) is not a new surgery, but it is the most common surgery done to repair Fuchs’ dystrophy in the U.S.

A thin piece of living cornea (usually prepared by an eye bank) is placed on the back surface of the diseased cornea and supported by an air bubble. Within a few days, air diffuses out of the eye and the newly transplanted pump (endothelial) cells begin removing the excess fluid leaving the cornea clearer.

After DSAEK, the cornea is thicker than normal, and many patients experience only a partial return of the best vision they had before Fuchs’ developed. The risk of rejection is low compared to a traditional corneal transplant, although not as low as that of DMEK.

DSAEK requires a much smaller incision than the old sutured corneal transplants and is usually a completely sutureless surgery. Patients are typically able to return to work in 5-7 days.

Dr. Parker was the first corneal surgeon in the region to offer DSAEK and has performed the procedure many hundreds of times over the past 10 years.