Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) are reliable and beneficial surgical techniques for Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy and corneal endothelial dysfunction providing the best visual results for these conditions. Dr. Spigelman specializes in DSAEK and DMEK surgery in addition to cataract surgery and laser vision correction. He was one of the first surgeons in the US to perform partial thickness corneal transplantation for Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy. DSAEK and DMEK do not have any impact on the external shape of the cornea which is very advantageous since any irregularity in the corneal shape has a major impact on vision. The recovery speed after DSAEK and DMEK as a rule is also much better than the conventional penetrating graft.
Eye Michigan offers the most advanced, state of the art techniques to continually improve the outcomes and the quality of the lives of their patients.
DSAEK and DMEK are partial thickness corneal transplants which replace primarily the endothelium (innermost portion of the cornea) rather than the full thickness of the cornea (as in standard corneal transplants). Above is a video of Dr. Alan Spigelman performing the surgery, replacing the Descemets Membrane and restoring his patient’s vision.