The philosophy in Cornea transplants is now to direct treatment to the diseased cells only.The latest treatment available for Corneal endothelial diseases is DMEK,or Descemets Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty. This treatment requires a Corneal donor, a Surgeon with the skills to remove the endothelium without tearing,and precision instruments.
In all new treatments, a period of collaborative learning with those interested in innovating and providing the latest techniques, meeting and sharing ideas.
The Eurostar from Ebbsfleet arrives at Gare du Nord by 0915 and another 15 minute taxi ride to The Rothschild Opthalmological Institute in Paris to visit Dr Alain Saad and spend the day practicing DMEK ( and visiting the Grand Palais for dinner!) kindly sponsored by Geuder who produce excellent instruments for DMEK
You can see how the Descemets scrolls up and is aspirated into a glass cylinder on my video above, ready for transplantation.This thin piece of tissue enables the Cornea to stay clear and returns sight to the blind,which is why its so important to share the knowledge.Thank you to Alain and his team for such a great day and enjoy the video.