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Denver Cornea Transplant Specialist Dr. Paul Cutarelli performs Descemet Membrane Endothelial Kertoplasty (DMEK) & Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) which is one of the newest and most promising techniques in corneal transplantation.

What Is Descemet Membrane Endothelial Kertoplasty (DMEK)?

DMEK is the partial thickness corneal transplants which replaces primarily the endothelium, The innermost portion of the cornea rather than the full thickness of the cornea as seen in standard corneal transplants.

DMEK is the newest treatment option for decrease vision, swollen, cloudy corneas see in Fuch’s Dystrophy. We have found that DMEK has provided patients with the best chance to have the best possible vision with the reduced risk of rejection.

Advantages Of DMEK

What Is Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK)?

With an experienced eye surgeon such as Dr. Cutarelli the surgery itself takes less time and involves a smaller surgical incision. DSEK requires far fewer stitches, heals faster and more reliably, and the vision returns faster.

There are several advantages to the DSEK operation compared to standard corneal transplant surgery. Since only the thin inner layer of the cornea is replaced, over 90% of the patient’s own cornea remains behind contributing to greater structural integrity and may reduce the incidence of rejection. The smaller incision offers several benefits over traditional methods of corneal transplant such as Penetrating Keratoplasty (PKP). Because the procedure is less invasive, DSEK leaves the eye much stronger and less prone to injury than full-thickness transplants. Additionally, DSEK has a more rapid rate of visual recovery. Vision is typically restored in one to three months rather than one to two years.

Why Don’t All Eye Surgeons Offer DMEK Or DSEK?

DMEK & DESK is a technically challenging surgery. Because of his extensive training and experience as a corneal specialist, Dr. Cutarelli is the surgeon to consider in the Englewood, Colorado area when contemplating DMEK or DSEK.

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Dr. Cutarelli was the first LASIK surgeon in the Denver area to offer his patients All-Laser LASIK - utilizing the most exciting combination of technological LASIK advancements, delivering the best possible visual outcomes and the sharpest laser vision correction possible. Cutarelli Vision is a leader in LASIK surgery in Colorado. People travel from across the country to receive our expert care. If you're seeking world-class LASIK - Cutarelli Vision is your destination.