Can DSEK Help Me Recover My Vision After a Corneal Scar?

August 27, 2009

Approximately two months ago I had a injury in my left eye. As a result I now have a small scar on my cornea not in the center which restricts my full vision.

I would like to know if this new technique called DSEK (endothelial keratoplasty) would help me recover my full vision or if other treatment could help me.




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2 Responses to “Can DSEK Help Me Recover My Vision After a Corneal Scar?”

  • Dr. Ari Weitzner

    dr wong is correct that dsek is not appropriate here.
    full corneal transplant may also not be appropriate. using special lasers, corneal surgeons can now cut out sections of the cornea and replace those sections with clear transplants, but they are not full-thickness transplants. this avoids almost all of the rejection complications of corneal transplant. speak with a corneal surgeon, and if he is not familiar with this technique, as its relatively new, then i advise a second opinion from a world-class center.

  • Dr. Wong

    I would first ask if your doctor thinks you have healed. 2 months is not a very long time for serious corneal injuries. Most times the scars are superficial, but the endothelial keratoplasty is a procedure performed for a different problem and is performed from underneath the corneal surface. Depending on the depth of the scar, I would suggest investigating either laser removal of a superficial scar, or, if deeper, a corneal transplant.

    I would be eager to hear what others have to say.