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Corneal p. 4
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
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