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Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty

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EK or Endothelial keratoplasty is a surgical process where the diseased Descemet’s membrane and endothelium of the cornea are selectively replaced with a new donor endothelium. Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty is an EK technique that does a similar job of replacing the host Descemet’s membrane and endothelium with that of a donor using a corneal incision. With Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK), partial corneal transplant, scarred or damaged tissue is replaced with healthy donor tissue. DSAEK is performed where there is corneal clouding due to a dysfunction of the endothelium but where the other layers of the cornea remain healthy.