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Focal Points 2019 Module: Endothelial Keratoplasty: Current Techniques and Future Directions

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Focal Points 2019 Module: Endothelial Keratoplasty: Current Techniques and Future Directions

Focal Points 2019 Module: Endothelial Keratoplasty: Current Techniques and Future Directions

Surgical treatment of corneal endothelial disease has evolved dramatically. Endothelial keratoplasty is now the standard of care for treatment of patients with pure endothelial cell failure.

To offer this patient population the best visual outcomes, cornea surgeons performing transplant surgery in the U.S. today should develop competence in both Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). It is likely that DMEK will become the standard of care for uncomplicated cases of corneal edema in the near future.

This Focal Points module reviews recent advances, including new research on DSAEK and DMEK outcomes, progress in eye bank preparation of tissue, as well as future possibilities for transplantation of cultured corneal endothelial cells.

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Discuss advances in endothelial keratoplasty (EK) in recent years.
  • Summarize advances in eye bank preparation of tissue that allows surgeons to adopt the latest iterations of EK.
  • Identify appropriate indications for Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty and Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty.
  • Describe the potential of Descemet stripping only, rho kinase inhibitor use, and transplantation of cultured corneal endothelial cells.

Authors: Luke B. Potts, MD, PhD; Mark A. Terry, MD

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CME Information
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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