DSEK corneal transplant problems (Video)

This eye has undergone DSEAK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) also called DSEK. As you can see here, the endothelial transplant has separated from the inner cornea. This was reopposed with sf6 gas in the anterior chamber.

DSEK has many advantages over traditional PK and is a wonderful alternative procedure for certain conditions.

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This photo shows a cornea that has had DSAEK. The inner endothelial layer has not yet adhered to the rest of the cornea, which you can see in how the cornea lights up with the slit-beam. Can you see the bubble of gas above?
DSEK cornea
This photo was taken on a patient postoperatively after a DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) surgery. You can see the layers of the cornea in the slit-lamp beam of light, particularly the transplanted endothelial layer that has not adherred to the inner cornea.

Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:


  1. i had corneal fungal ulcer.it heald but the ophmologist told me that the cornea got stuck to the irisand the eye presure caused partial damage in te optic nerve .what can i do?

  2. folks, this is not a place in which one can search help/advice/comprehension/doctor’s consult. this is definitely a website for students/doctors to learn something. Jeez, stop asking and go fisically to a doctor!!!!!!


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