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What is endothelial keratoplasty?

istock 1176602017 When corneal diseases occur, they can affect the health of the cornea as well as one’s ability to see clearly and enjoy proper, precision vision. In situations such as this, it is important for Wilmington, NC area patients to speak to a professional at Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea to learn more about the benefits of certain surgical procedures. Dr. Brian Groat and his team are dedicated to helping patients achieve the vision they deserve with restorative procedures such as endothelial keratoplasty.

What is endothelial keratoplasty?

Endothelial keratoplasty is a specialized procedure that is sometimes referred to as DSEK or DMEC. During endothelial keratoplasty, the damaged portion of the cornea is replaced with donor tissue after the original, natural corneal endothelium is removed. This procedure is often performed to address disorders that affect the innermost layer of the cornea, or endothelium. Endothelial keratoplasty is different from other procedures such as full thickness corneal transplant because the surgery is performed using one or no sutures. One of the primary benefits of this method of treatment is the ability for patients to recover functional vision in a much shorter period of time, typically days or weeks, versus up to a year with traditional full thickness transplants.

Endothelial keratoplasty is one of many different procedures that are performed by Dr. Brian Groat of Cape Fear Cataract and Cornea. When problems arise with your vision and eye health, it is vital that you book an appointment with an ophthalmologist for an evaluation and to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Many eye conditions can be prevented as well, so learning how to care for your eyes is also important to our team.

Are you in need of corneal surgery?

Dr. Brian Groat understands how important your vision can be, and provides a wide range of vision procedures that can help in restoring and repairing your eyesight. Whether you are dealing with glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, our team at Cape Fear Cataracts and Cornea can help. Wilmington, NC area patients are urged to contact the office by calling (910) 769-4590 and visiting our office at 1915 South 17th Street, Ste. #101. We are always accepting new patients into our practice for quality vision care!

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