A specialist of corneal transplants (DSAEK/DMEK/DALK ophthalmologist) is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating corneal conditions that require surgical intervention, such as corneal endothelial dysfunction, Fuchs’ dystrophy, or corneal scars. They perform advanced corneal transplant procedures, such as Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK), and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), which involve replacing specific layers of the cornea with donor tissue to improve vision, corneal health, and overall eye function. Their expertise focuses on restoring the clarity and function of the cornea through specialized transplant techniques.
Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
DSAEK is a corneal transplant procedure where the damaged inner layer of the cornea is replaced with a thin layer of healthy tissue from a donor’s cornea. It is done to help with conditions like Fuchs’ dystrophy or corneal swelling, improving vision and reducing discomfort caused by these problems.
Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
DMEK is a corneal transplant procedure where the damaged layer on the inside of the cornea is replaced with a thin layer of healthy tissue from a donor. It is commonly used for patients with corneal swelling or certain types of cornea disease, aiming to improve the overall health of the cornea.
Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK)
DALK is a corneal transplant procedure that involves replacing the damaged layers on or near the surface of the cornea while keeping the patient’s own healthy inner layer. It is often performed for conditions like corneal scarring, keratoconus, or certain corneal dystrophies, aiming to improve vision and correct the shape of the cornea without disturbing the normal inner layer.