Dr. Carlson

Endothelial Keratoplasty has largely replaced penetrating keratoplasty for patients with Fuchs’ Corneal Dystrophy or other causes of endothelial dysfunction and failure.  This is confirmed reviewing our past 1600 DSEK / DSAEK procedures performed at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC according to Alan N. Carlson, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Chief of the Corneal and Refractive Surgery Service at Duke.  Today’s video demonstrates Dr. Carlson performing cataract surgery in combination with corneal transplantation often called the DSAEK “Triple.”  The specimen placed on the cornea includes the thickened posterior collagenous layer along with Descemet’s membrane and the dysfunctional dystrophic endothelium in preparation for the fresh donor tissue.