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A simple ex vivo model for teaching Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty

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Session Title: Cornea: Surgical I

Session Date/Time: Tuesday 08/09/2015 | 08:00-10:30

Paper Time: 08:18

Venue: Room 10

First Author: : K.Droutsas GREECE

Co Author(s): :    A. Lazaridis   S. Souki   G. Melles   A. Thoma   W. Sekundo   C. Koutsandrea     

Abstract Details


To describe a simple ex vivo porcine model for teaching Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK).


Cornea Department of the Athens Univesity Eye Clinic, Athens, Greece.


Twenty freshly enucleated porcine eyes were used to create a pseudo-graft from the capsule of the cristalline lens which was implanted into an intact porcine globe using the standardized “no-touch” techniques of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery (NIIOS).


The DMEK pseudo-graft could be inserted into the anterior chamber, centered, unfolded and appositioned onto the recipient cornea in all cases.


Practicing DMEK surgery under wetlab conditions was feasible by the described simple and low-cost model. This new tool may facilitate the implementation of DMEK by cornea surgeons.

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