The cornea is the clear front window of the eye that covers the colored iris and the round pupil. Light is focused while passing through the cornea so we can see.
Ophthalmologists perform more than 40,000 corneal transplants each year in the United States. Of all transplant surgery done today—including heart, lung, and kidney—corneal transplants are the most common and successful.
At See Clearly Vision, our doctors are on the leading edge of modern corneal transplant surgery to include DLEK, DSEK, IEK, and other advanced surgical methods.
DSEK, or Descemet's Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty, is a new technique that has evolved in corneal transplant surgery which accomplishes the goal of replacing only the endothelial cell layer. With standard corneal transplant surgery, the entire cloudy cornea was removed and replaced with a full thickness donor cornea, replacing all three layers of the cornea. There are many advantages with this new technique: with an experienced surgeon, it often takes less time, involves a smaller surgical incision, requires fewer sutures, heals faster and more reliably, and the vision returns faster. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for DSEK, including patients with corneal scarring or other conditions.
As cornea specialists, our surgeons perform one of the highest numbers of cornea transplants in the Washington DC area on an annual basis.
Additionally, Dr. Rajpal serves as the cornea consultant to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and teaches surgeons the latest corneal surgery techniques.