RMLEB Represented at the European Eye Bank Meeting
Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank Staff Author Published Abstract
By Jenn Venerable - September 29, 2023
Last month, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank executive director John Lohmeier and technical manager Staci Terrin were featured in a published abstract at the European Eye Bank Assocation meeting.
ASSYMETRICAL INJECTOR FOR ENDOTHELIUM-IN DMEK WITHOUT THE NEED OF PULL-THROUGH TECHNIQUE
Published in August 2023 in BMJ Open Ophthalmology,
the purpose is to educate the eye banking community, including corneal transplant surgeons, on a DMEK technique.
One of latest surgical development of preloaded Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) is the delivery of the graft with the endothelium inwards, which allows for a very fast operation, but requires a pull-through surgical technique. Although the tri-folded, endo-in DMEK technique has significant advantages, the absence of proper surgical instruments that could allow their use without the ‘pull-through’ technique still restricts the wide use of such an operation. None of the available commercial DMEK injectors could be used for tri-folded DMEK (endothelium-inward) orientation, as it requires the graft to be intently secured within the injector. This report presents a retrospective eye bank validation study of an asymmetrical injector designed to orientally implant a tri-folded DMEK graft without needing a pullthrough technique.
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