New approach to keratoplasty may be better for patients with iris implants

A study has found that Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) can be better than penetrating keratoplasty in eyes with an artificial iris. In eyes with partial or complete aniridia it helps restore clarity of corneas and may mean quicker improvement in vision

The study wanted to increase the number of things that would suggest to doctors that the DESK procedure is appropriate. It also sought to encourage doctors who have performed it on patients with aniridia to share their experiences.

“Corneal surgeons should consider performing DSEK in the setting of previous penetrating keratoplasty, partial or complete aniridia, or previous glaucoma surgery,” Dr. Anthony J. Aldave, MD at UCLA in Los Angeles said. “A lot of surgeons in such situations, especially if there is a combination of these factors, would consider DSEK technically difficult to perform and would therefore proceed with a full-thickness instead of a partial-thickness transplant.”

Source and more details Ocular Surgery News

About Aniridia Network

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK and Ireland. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. First registered as a charity in 2011 and fully in 2018.
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