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Physicians Update SPRING 201 3 Transplant Issue Auto Islet p. 3 Corneal p. 4 Interview: Face p. 6 Kidney Exchange p. 8 Bone Marrow p. 10 OPHTHALMOLOGY Newer Techniques for Corneal Transplantation Expand Patient Options Advances in corneal transplantation are improving outcomes and expanding indications for what is already the most common and most successful type of human-transplant surgery. Corneal transplantation, also known as keratoplasty, replaces a patient’s cornea, damaged by disease or infection, with donor corneal tissue. Four types of advanced procedures performed at UCLA are making a difference for these patients. Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) allows for fewer intraoperative and postoperative complications, more rapid visual recovery and a more predictable prescription result following surgery than the traditional approach, says Anthony Aldave, MD, director of Cornea Services at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. continued on p. 4