Do you have poor vision due to Fuchs’ dystrophy or other endothelial disorders? Are you interested in restoring vision that has been lost due to these endothelial disorders? At Live Oak Ophthalmology, we offer Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) treatments for patients with corneal edema and Fuchs’ dystrophy.
Do you want to learn more about Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty? Contact our office in Wilmington today to schedule a consultation!
Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) is a cornea transplant technique that can help restore vision when the inner cornea is not functioning properly due to Fuchs’ dystrophy or other endothelial disorders. During this procedure, the affected part of the Descemet’s membrane and endothelium are removed and replaced with healthy donor tissue. The donor tissue is inserted through a small incision and an air bubble is used to position the tissue against the cornea. Once the donor tissue has been properly placed, the incision will be closed with sutures.
Patients are generally monitored for two hours after surgery and will be expected to return several times over the next couple of days for post-operational exams. Patients are usually released to go home on the fifth day following a DMEK procedure.
Advantages of Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty
- Restores vision
- Minimal activity restrictions following a procedure
- Eye remains stronger following a procedure
Dr. Brian Groat at Live Oak Ophthalmology, just performed the first two Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) procedures in Wilmington last month! DMEK procedures are performed for people with Fuchs’ dystrophy or corneal edema.
Dr. Brian J. Groat received his medical doctorate from Tulane University School of Medicine and is a board certified cataract, cornea, and glaucoma surgeon. He worked as the head of ocular trauma in 2011 at Bagram AB, Afghanistan, where he performed brain, orbital, ocular, and facial surgeries. Dr. Groat focuses on providing individualized patient care and enjoys building relationships with his patients.
About Live Oak Ophthalmology
At Live Oak Ophthalmology, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care. Dr. Groat and Dr. Hester both have years of training and experience to recommend them. Dr. Darrell E. Hester graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and has over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of eye surgeries. Dr. Hester has been serving the Wilmington area for the last 18 years and is known to be a skilled and meticulous surgeon. Both Dr. Groat and Dr. Hester pride themselves in providing their patients with expert care and service, while helping them restore and improve their vision.
Are you interested in learning more about the DMEK procedure offered at Live Oak Ophthalmology? Contact our office in Wilmington today to schedule a consultation!