Making the transition from PK to DSEK: experiences during the learning curve


Eydís Ólafsdóttir, MD
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Iceland, National University Hospital
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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Purpose:  To report our experiences during the transition from penetrating keratoplasty to Descemet’s stripping with endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK).

Methods:  All patients undergoing DSEK during the period of April 2008 to April 2009 were included in this study.

Results:  All grafts were attached and clear at both the 6- and 12 -month follow-up examinations. Mean best-corrected visual acuity was 0.6 at 6 months and 0.7 at 12 months for patients without other ocular comorbidity.

Conclusion:  With adequate attention to detail, DSEK seems to be a safe and successful treatment for corneal endothelial disease, also during the surgeon’s learning curve.