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    Three reasons for adopting DMEK in routine EK cases

    Improved visual results, lower rejection rate, less steroid-induced glaucoma among benefits


    When not to use DMEK

    DSAEK is still needed for eyes with a prior vitrectomy, for tubes and traps, ACIOL, ICE and aniridia, and aphakia. DMEK can be used in those first two categories, but it is much more difficult and should probably be avoided, especially by a surgeon new to using DMEK.

    The transition from DSAEK to DMEK is an additive transformation, not an exclusionary one, Dr. Terry commented.

    DMEK can be done for all routine cases of endothelial replacement; DSAEK can be used for complex, high-morbidity cases, and PK is still needed for cases that need transplant for full-thickness disease.



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    Mark A. Terry, MD
    P: 503/413-8202     E: [email protected]
    This article was adapted from Dr. Terry’s presentation during Cornea Subspecialty Day at the 2016 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Terry has received grant support from Bausch + Lomb and Moria.

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