Descemet's stripping with endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) is a cornea-sparing transplant
technique that replaces only the diseased endothelial cell layer of the patient's cornea.
The DSEK technique requires lamellar dissection of the donor tissue prior to implantation in
the patient's eye. The surgeon usually dissects the donor cornea with a microkeratome at the
time of surgery. Recently some eye banks have begun to pre-cut the donor graft as an added
service. The purpose of this study was to compare outcomes with eye bank pre-cut and
surgeon-dissected donor grafts for DSEK.
- candidate for Descemet's stripping with endothelial keratoplasty
- at least 21 years old
- willing and able to return for scheduled follow-up visits
- reads and signs Informed Consent document
- visual acuity of less than 20/400 in fellow eye
- known sensitivity to planned study concomitant medications