2012-08: Corneal transplantation by ultra-thin DSAEK: thinner grafts, better vision?
Corneal transplantation improves vision and quality of life in patients with corneal disease. Currently, the predominant technique for patients with corneal endothelial disease is Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK), in which only the posterior side of the cornea is transplanted. However, visual rehabilitation after DSAEK may be variable. Ultra-thin DSAEK, where the donor tissue is thinner compared to standard DSAEK, has the potential to achieve high visual outcomes after corneal transplantation which will result in an improved quality of life. A multi-centre randomised clinical trial wiil be performed to compare the effects and costs of ultra-thin DSAEK vs. standard DSAEK.