Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy and DSEK
Aris carries out surgery and provides treatment for a range of corneal conditions including:
- Fuchs endothelial dystrophy
- Corneal transplantation surgery: Descemets stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) and penetrating keratoplasty (PK)
- Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome
- Corneal infection and corneal scars
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 Aris Vision Correction 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