Fuchs endothelial dystrophy and Descemets stripping endothelial keratoplasty

What is Fuchs endothelial dystrophy?

Fuchs endothelial dystrophy is a degenerative condition of the innermost layer of the cornea, the endothelium, usually affecting individuals older than 50 years. The endothelial cells decrease in number and do not pump fluid out of the cornea efficiently.

 

This results in a gradual reduction in the quality of your vision, glare at night, fluctuation in the sharpness of vision and in advanced stages the eye may become painful and gritty. 

 

What is Descemets stripping endothelial keratoplasty? 

Endothelial keratoplasty, including Descemets stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), is currently the gold standard in the management of Fuchs endothelial dystrophy and bullous keratopathy. It involves the selective replacement of the dysfunctional inner layer of the cornea with a thin layer of transplant cornea that has healthy endothelial cells. 

DSEK has several advantages over full thickness penetrating keratoplasty (PK) including:

  • keyhole surgery allows faster improvement in vision

  • surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic and in less than an hour; the risks of a general anaesthetic are thus avoided

  • reduced risk of serious complications

  • reduced risk of needing high-power glasses or contact lenses after surgery

 

How to proceed?

  • If you interested in a consultation or surgery, call or send us a message

  • Select a hospital for consultation: Wessex Nuffield, Guildford Nuffield, Southampton Spire or Southampton General Hospital

  • At your consultation your symptoms and needs will be ascertained, you will have a detailed eye examination and scans, and a surgical plan made to match your eyes and needs

  • Select a hospital for surgery, if required: Wessex Nuffield or Southampton General

  • Select a hospital for your follow-up consultation: Wessex Nuffield, Guildford Nuffield, Southampton Spire or Southampton General Hospital

Book an appointment or a free screening review for Laser Vision Correction.

 

Call 02381 812281

Leave a message

Aris Konstantopoulos MB ChB, MSc, FRCOphth, PhD

Consultant Eye Surgeon

Cataract, cornea and refractive surgery

Consultation clinics:

  • Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

  • Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital, Guildford, GU2 7RF

  • Southampton Spire Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6UY

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS FT, SO16 6YD

CONTACT DETAILS

Mr Aris Konstantopoulos

Laser Vision Eye Centre

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital

Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

T: 02381 812281

  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Facebook Icon