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Cornea Transplantation

A cornea transplant involves having  surgery to replace your cornea with  a cornea that has been removed  from someone  who has  died. The cornea you will receive is referred to as the donor cornea.  The donor cornea to be used for your transplant will be provided  by an Eye Bank. These surgeries are performed with extremely high rates of success and are the most common type of transplant. There may be several kinds of corneal transplants depending on your condition. Click on the links a below for more information on each kind of transplant.

DMEK (Descemt Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty)

The latest iteration of endothelial keratoplasty. It replaces only Descemet’s membrane and endothelium, and leaves the patient’s cornea closer to its original condition than any other transplant technique.

DMEK Cornea Transplants

DSAEK (Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty)

The most common iteration of endothelial keratoplasty. DSAEK involves stripping the patient’s Descemet membrane and replacing it with eye bank prepared tissue.

DSAEK Cornea Transplants

DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty)

The removal of the layers of the cornea above Descemet membrane. This surgical treatment of corneal ectasias, keratoconus, and cornea damage allows for the retention of the patients healthy endothelium and the replacement of while replacing the unhealthy cornea.

DALK Cornea Transplants

PK (Penetrating Keratoplasty)

During the PK procedure the entire front portion of the cornea is removed and replaced with a Donor Cornea.

PK Cornea Transplants