Simple technique for graft insertion in Descemet-stripping (automated) endothelial keratoplasty using a 30-gauge needle

Chandra Balachandran, Lisanne Ham, Rénuka S. Birbal, Tse Hang Wong, Jacqueline van der Wees, Gerrit R J Melles*

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Abstract

We describe a needle insertion technique for graft insertion in Descemet-stripping (automated) endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK/DSAEK). A folded donor posterior corneal disk is inserted through a 5.0 mm scleral tunnel incision over a plastic glide using a 30-gauge needle. The technique enables safe and easy graft insertion without vertical or horizontal compression of the donor tissue, causing minimal trauma to the donor endothelium and/or host structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-628
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

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