Conventional corneal transplant removes all layers of the cornea. In many corneal diseases, however, the disease involves only the innermost layer of the cornea.
The new procedure is called DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) In DSAEK only the very innermost layers of the cornea are transplanted. As a result, many fewer sutures are used and visual recovery time is reduced.
Dr. Perlman was one of the first corneal surgeons in New England to perform this procedure.